St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) revealed the names and addresses of St. Louis residents who wrote to her demanding police reform on Friday.
The incident occurred during a Facebook live broadcast in which Krewson was giving a public meeting on COVID-19. Towards the end of his briefing, the mayor was asked about his meeting with protesters outside the City Hall. During the interaction, Krewson said protesters gave him numerous letters asking for police reform and other policy changes.
Krewson, 66, proceeded to read aloud the names and addresses of the people who had written the letters. At least 10 times, the mayor read the full name and address of a protester aloud, according to the Riverfront Times.
The video remained posted for three hours until a strong reaction from city residents forced Krewson to remove it.
In a later Facebook post, Krewson apologized for his actions.
“I would like to apologize for identifying the people who presented letters to me at City Hall while answering a routine question during one of my updates today,” he said. “While this is public information, it was not intended to cause distress or harm to anyone. The publication has been removed.”
All letters delivered to government officials become part of public records and can be accessed by anyone, although a request for public records is generally required to obtain them.
Shortly after his initial comments, a petition was initiated asking for Krewson’s resignation. He has obtained almost 14,000 signatures.