Residents Carry Arms to Guard Their Property as Protesters Enter Their Neighborhood
The violence and destruction from the nationwide protests have struck a sense of fear among local residents. On Sunday, armed residents from St. Louis, Missouri, stood outside of their own homes to guard their property as protesters entered their neighborhood. In a Twitter post by Columbia Missourian journalist Daniel Shular, a couple stood outside of their residence, armed and ready to protect their property. “A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood,” Shular wrote.
However, based on other videos, the protesters were screaming obscenities against the couple. The angry mob was also threatening to take the couple’s guns.
Well look at that...— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) June 29, 2020
A St. Louis couple in front of their home tonight as protesters marched past in the city’s Central West End. (photos courtesy @ksdknews partner @BILLGREENBLATT / UPI) #StLouisprotest #STL pic.twitter.com/I7VlUBUhZ2— Casey Nolen (@CaseyNolen) June 29, 2020
Based on reports, the group was originally targeting St. Louis Democrat Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house, after calls of her resignation took place. The exchange happened on Saturday’s Facebook Live video in which the mayor called out the names and addresses of local residents who have lobbied to defund the police. Such blatant public distrust did not sit well among local residents and had resulted in a massive backlash.
As a way to make amends, Krewon issued an apology. In her statement, the Democrat said, “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.” Krewson continued to say that while the list should serve as “public information,” she did not plan to “harm anyone.” The controversial post had since been removed. Despite her apologies, the protesters were having none of it and stood outside of her home, screaming the phrase “Resign Lyda, take the cops with you.”
Another upscale neighborhood was also being targeted by protesters. In fact, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters were able to enter the gated residential neighborhood in Beverly Hills, California. Protesters chanted the words “eat the rich” and “abolish capitalism now!” In a report from the Patriot Hill, Hawk Newsome, head of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, warned that if the administration failed to give in to their demands, they would have to “burn down the system” both literally and figuratively.
However, other states had enough of violent riots and anarchy. In fact, law enforcement officers in Oklahoma announced that they would be charging protesters with terrorism and assault. To prevent any potential riots, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater warned that “this is not Seattle’ and that authorities will not put up with any “lawlessness.”
As ongoing protests continued, authorities have identified “five defendants” who were responsible for the painted murals in downtown Oklahoma City. Prater claimed that the suspects were accused of “interfering” with a police investigation on a homicide witness. Others were also carrying flags that belonged to different organizations such as Antifa, Soviet Union, Anarcho-Communism, American Indian Movement, and the original Oklahoma flag. The District Attorney warned, “When you act like a terrorist, you will be treated like a terrorist.”