Lyda Krewson: Calls for resignation rise after St. Louis Mayor publishes names of people calling for police reforms

The demonstration came after Krewson read the names and addresses of people calling for police reform during a live Facebook video on Friday afternoon, the affiliate reported.

During the live video briefing on Friday, the mayor was asked about meeting with protesters outside City Hall. In response, Krewson read aloud letters that protesters sent him during the video “including the full and partial names and addresses of those calling to disburse the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department,” KMOV reported.

Krewson released a statement later that day saying the names and addresses he read are public information, according to the affiliate.

“It is surprising and wrong for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis to disseminate the addresses of those who dare to express a different point of view on a matter of public interest,” said the ACLU statement. “It has no apparent purpose beyond intimidation. We are strongest when we encourage open dialogue. The cooling of the debate should upset everyone, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue.”

In a tweet on Friday, the mayor apologized and said he had no intention of hurting anyone.

“I would like to apologize for identifying the people who presented letters to me today at City Hall. This was during one of my Facebook updates when I answered routine questions,” Krewson said in a tweet. “I never intended to harm anyone or cause distress. The update is removed and again, I apologize.”

Despite calls for his resignation on Sunday night, Krewson will not resign.

“The mayor apologized, acknowledged the mistake and that there was absolutely no malicious intent, and withdrew the video,” the mayor’s communications director, Jacob Long, told CNN Sunday night. “She will not resign.”


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