St. Louis mayor attacked for sharing public records of people calling to defund the police

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Mayor Lyda Krewson, who has stated that she is against defunding the police, made headlines and received massive backlash after a Facebook live video Friday afternoon in which she read names, and in some cases, addresses, of anti-police protestors who demanded defunding of the police.
 
She shared this information in response to a viewer question by a person identified as “Rachel,” who asked about a meeting Mayor Krewson held with pro-defunding demonstrators earlier that day.
 
Krewson responded:
 
 “The conversation wasn’t really a two-way conversation, I’ll be honest with you, because there was a very loud, um, very loud response from the demonstrators.”
 
The Mayor continued by reading some of the letters protestors had sent, including “demands” for defunding the police.  Many letter writers called for a police budget of $0.  In some cases, she read the name and at times the address of the sender.
 
The Facebook live video was deleted after a few hours.  A redacted portion is available here.
 
Reaction to her sharing of information was harsh.  
 
Local candidate for Missouri state senate Megan Green tweeted:
 
“Hey @LydaKrewson
So not cool to doxx my constituents who support #DefundThePolice on your FB live today. It’s a move designed to silence dissent, and it’s dangerous. #DoBetter.”
 
https://twitter.com/MeganEllyia/status/1276644288609337345
 
Sara Baker, Policy Director of the ACLU of Missouri, issued this statement:
 
“Today adds to the list of things we never thought we would have to say. 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.
 
We are stronger when we foster open dialogue. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue.”
 
Activist Maxi Glamour started an online petition on Change.org calling for the resignation of Mayor Krewson.  On the petition description, Glamour states,
 
“On June 26th Lyda directly endangered the lives of protesters by releasing their names and addresses. Amidst community backlash of St. Louis police brutality, Mayor Lyda Krewson consistently campaigns on more funding for the police paid through by tax payers.”
 
At this writing, the petition has over 16,000 signatures.
 
Mayor Krewson issued an apology in response to the backlash, stating,
 
“In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook.
 
Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed.”
 
If releasing identifying information of anti-police demonstrators, though notably part of easily obtainable public record, is worthy of a smackdown and apology, surely the same applies to releasing information on law enforcement and those who are pro-police, right?
 
Apparently not.
 
According to an unclassified intelligence document obtained by the Associated Press, amid the anti-police riots and protests, personal identifying information about police officers is being shared online.
 
Specifically, the names, addresses, and email addresses and phone numbers of police officials in cities such as DC, Atlanta, Boston and New York have been shared.  In addition, the DHS shared that in Kentucky, there was a “link to a website that contained their full names, the names of their family members, home addresses, specific information about the vehicles they drive and online account login information.”
 
The AP continues, 
 
“The document warns that the effort, known as “doxxing,” could lead to attacks by “violent opportunists or domestic violent extremists” or could prevent law enforcement officials from carrying out their duties.” 
 
Furthermore, the DHS stated, “law enforcement personnel will continue to be targeted by this activity.”
 
Doxxing hits home for many of us at Law Enforcement Today.  As many of us are current or retired peace officers, and as all of us are pro-police, we are squarely in the crosshairs of those who would wish to dox and do violence against those with whom they do not agree.  
 
Cops across the country have shared disturbing messages with us lately: threats,  gruesome photos, vandalization.
 
We ourselves have been targeted, with death threats, hateful emails, and home visits.  One of our editors and writers was advised to remove his Thin Blue Line sticker due to vandalization of cars with pro-police decals. 
 
Because of the harsh reality of doxxing, threats and danger to person and property, we have had to remove names and bylines of writers from our website.
 
So even as we are seeing and reporting on hateful doxxing, and worse yet, threats and violence, against those who are pro-police, we have yet to see widespread condemnation of such actions by the left.  Activist Maxx Glamour spoke of lives of anti-police protestors being “endangered” by the act of reading their information on letters. 
 
The ACLU spoke protectively of “those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern” and called out the mayor for “intimidation,” yet so far has issued no statement on the incontrovertible DHS information on the targeting of police.
 
The silence of the left speaks volumes when those with pro-police viewpoints are threatened.
 
 

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