Lyda Krewson, the contested mayor of St. Louis, who has been subjected to repeated protests in the past two weeks, won’t step down anytime soon, her spokesman said on Friday.
Communications director Jacob Long made the statement Friday morning after work teams saw trying to remove the “RESIGN LYDA RESIGN” message, which was reportedly painted overnight on the street in front of the town hall between Thursday and Friday.
“Mayor Krewson is not distracted from all of this and continues to focus on what she was chosen to address: the needs of more than 300,000 St. Louisans who count on her to help her through multiple public health and crisis crises leading the economy, including a global pandemic, ”said Long, according to KSDK-TV from St. Louis.
Also on Friday morning, the police cleared an “Occupy City Hall STL”
Krewson, 66, a Democrat and native of Iowa, who has been Mayor of St. Louis since April 2017, has been under fire since a Facebook live briefing in late June when she read the names and partial addresses of at least 10 demonstrators who called for the city to defuse the police.
The mayor later apologized for reading the information and “causing harm or harm to someone,” but also found that the names and addresses were already “public information”.
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A group of demonstrators who claimed to be driving to Krewson’s house on June 28 caused the couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey from St. Louis to take up arms that day for fear of damaging their property when the demonstrators came by.
The couple has since been the subject of an investigation and on Friday evening had one of their weapons confiscated from authorities that issued a search warrant at their home, KSDK reported.
It was not immediately clear whether the McCloskeys were charged with crimes.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this story.