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Calls mount for St. Louis mayor to resign after reading out protesters’ addresses on Facebook Live 

Calls mount for St. Louis mayor to resign after she read out the names and addresses of protesters demanding the closure of an ‘inhumane’ city jail on Facebook Live

  • More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson’s resignation and blasting her for ‘endanger[ing] the lives of protesters’
  • Krewson shocked listeners in Friday’s online event when she reeled off the full names and addresses of demonstrators
  • The individuals had written to her with their proposals for police reform including cuts to law enforcement budgets 
  • The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology
  • Protesters are demanding the closure of St. Louis Medium Security Institution – the ‘Workhouse’ – where inmates are said to be held in inhumane conditions 

Calls are mounting for the mayor of St. Louis to resign after she read out the names and addresses of protesters demanding the closure of an ‘inhumane’ city jail during a Facebook Live briefing. 

More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson’s resignation and blasting her for ‘directly endanger[ing] the lives of protesters’ following Friday’s online event.  

Krewson shocked listeners when she reeled off the personal details of demonstrators  – some reportedly up to 10 times – sparking major fears for their safety. 

She singled out the individuals after they had written to her with their proposals for police reform including cuts to law enforcement budgets.   

Calls are mounting for the mayor of St. Louis to resign after she read out the names and addresses of protesters during a Facebook Live briefing

‘They presented some papers to me about how they want the budget to be spent,’ the mayor said with disdain.  

‘Here’s one that wants $50 million to go to Cure Violence, $75 million to go to Affordable Housing, $60 million to go to Health and Human Services and have zero go to the police.’  

Krewson then proceeded to read the full name of the individual and their personal home address.  

In the shocking video, she continues with a handful of other protesters who have written to her, also making public their names and addresses to everyone tuning in. 

Outraged city residents slammed her actions on social media with live comments urging her to stop sharing the personal details of protesters. 

Krewson shocked listeners when she reeled off the personal details of demonstrators - some reportedly up to 10 times - during Friday's online event (above)

Krewson shocked listeners when she reeled off the personal details of demonstrators – some reportedly up to 10 times – during Friday’s online event (above)

The ACLU of Missouri condemned Krewson for the ‘shocking and misguided’ decision to publicize the information, which they said ‘serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation’. 

‘Today adds to the list of things we never thought we would have to say,’ the statement read.

‘To be clear, it is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern.

‘It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation.’  

More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson's resignation

More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson’s resignation

The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology (pictured)

The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology (pictured)

The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology. 

‘I’d like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall today. This was during one of my Facebook updates as I was answering routine questions,’ she said in a Twitter statement Friday.

‘Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress. The update is removed and again, I apologize.’

Demonstrators are urging the city to shut down the controversial St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the 'Workhouse' (pictured)

Demonstrators are urging the city to shut down the controversial St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the ‘Workhouse’ (pictured)

Protesters have also been calling for the police force to be defunded in the wake of the 'murder' of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis

Protesters have also been calling for the police force to be defunded in the wake of the ‘murder’ of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis

The mayor’s actions came hours after protesters took to the streets of the city demanding both police reforms and the closure of the controversial St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the ‘Workhouse’.

Around 50 protesters gathered outside the workhouse Friday for the second week in a row. 

Demonstrators are urging the city to shut down the city jail, which has long been plagued with allegations of holding inmates in inhumane conditions including forcing them to live among rat and cockroach infestations.

The campaign to close the workhouse was started in 2018 by civil rights group ArchCity Defenders.

Protesters have also been calling for the police force to be defunded in the wake of the ‘murder’ of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis.

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