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O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson knows the trauma of violence — she and her children were present when her first husband was shot to death 25 ago during an attempted carjacking. She was elected on a pledge to curb violence in her city.

Amid that backdrop, it’s not surprising that calls to “defund” police don’t sit well with her.

But Krewson went a step further: She publicly revealed the names and addresses of anti-police protesters, a decision that drew extra criticism in the tense weeks following George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white Minneapolis officer who pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck. More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for her resignation.

Releasing the names and addresses was dangerous “because you never know what someone else will do with that information,” Aldermanic President Lewis Reed said Tuesday.

Alderwoman Megan Green said Krewson’s action was “designed to intimidate and to quell dissent and to stop a movement that is happening not just locally” but across the country.

Jeff and Lyda Krewson and their two small children were returning home from shopping in 1995 when two carjackers approached with guns. Jeff Krewson was fatally shot in the neck as he tried to back the car away. Lyda Krewson and her children, ages 2 and 5, were not hurt.

St. Louis was violent then, as it is now. The city of 300,000 people that is about evenly split between Black and white residents typically has one of the nation’s highest murder rates, and 2020 is shaping up to be another brutal year.

It’s also a region with a long history of racial strife that boiled over in 2014 when a white officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was Black, in nearby Ferguson. Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and eventually resigned, and the shooting drew attention to the uneasy relationship between St. Louis-area police and Black residents.

Krewson, 67, who is white, defeated three high-profile Black candidates in the March 2017 Democratic primary, helped by an endorsement from the police union. She won easily in the April general election.

Protests again erupted months later after a white former police officer, Jason Stockley, was acquitted in the death of a Black suspect. During a downtown demonstration in September 2017, more than 120 people were arrested, some violently, including bystanders and journalists. On another night, protesters broke windows and threw paint on Krewson’s home.

Floyd’s death reignited tensions in St. Louis. Speaking live on Facebook on Friday, Krewson said she had met with protesters who presented her with written suggestions for the city budget, including proposals to cut funding for police. She read the names and addresses of some of the demonstrators.

It was not clear why she did so. She later removed the video and apologized, saying on Twitter that she “didn’t intend to harm anyone or cause distress.” But the response was angry and swift.

Protesters marched to Krewson’s home Sunday night and painted the word “RESIGN” on the street. The protest drew national attention when widely circulated video showed a white couple standing outside their nearby mansion and pointing guns at passing protesters. Their attorney said they support the Black Lives Matter movement and were armed because they feared for their lives.

Other mayors have also found themselves under siege.

When protesters marched to the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey days after Floyd’s death, Frey was booed off the street after declining to support calls for abolishing the police department.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has faced pressure to resign during weeks of protests over police accountability. Just as in St. Louis, demonstrators and some City Council members have sought a drastic reduction in the law enforcement budget.

Krewson’s spokesman, Jacob Long, said the mayor was unavailable for an interview but has no intention of resigning and plans to seek a second term.

Anita Manion, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, said the moment may simply be too big for Krewson to survive politically.

“I feel the current movement isn’t something that’s going to go away quickly, and I don’t think that a lot of St. Louisans are going to forget this,” Manion said.

Removal from office seems unlikely since it would require a recall vote, and obtaining enough signatures to trigger a special election would take several months at a time when the next mayoral election is just eight months away.

Going forward, Krewson supports “common-sense police reforms and has committed to a comprehensive review of use-of-force policies,” Long said.

For Reed, Krewson’s actions will be what ultimately matters.

“You cannot afford to be tone-deaf,” Reed said.

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Associated Press writers Margaret Stafford in Liberty, Missouri, and Heather Hollingsworth in Mission, Kansas, contributed to this report.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Sports Revealing Activewear In Stunning Post-Workout Selfie

On Friday, July 10, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar delighted fans by uploading a sizzling snap on Instagram.

The photo showed the 43-year-old laying on a purple yoga mat that had been placed on a wooden floor. She tilted her head and gazed directly at the camera with a small smile playing on her lips, as she snapped the selfie.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star flaunted her fit physique in a black sports bra and a pair of high-waisted bottoms. The revealing activewear put her incredible curves and toned midsection on full display. Sarah finished off the sporty look with numerous silver earrings.

The mother-of-two pulled back her blond hair, allowing fans to get a better view of her gorgeous face. While she did not appear to have on any makeup, she still managed to look absolutely radiant.

In the caption, Sarah requested her followers to excuse her “shaky camera work” and explained that she had participated in a Plate Fit “[Z]oom workout class” lead by trainer Corey Dorris prior to taking the picture. She then expressed gratitude for both Corey and Plate Fit.

Fans seemed to have adored the post as it soon racked up more than 45,000 likes. Many of her followers also flocked to the comments section to shower her with compliments. While some simply left a trail of emoji to express their admiration for the actress, others were decidedly more vocal in their praise.

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Pardon the shaky camera work. I just took @coreydorris zoom workout class and I may not move from this position for the next week. Thank you @platefit (and Corey) for keeping me safe, fit, and sane (ok well the last one might be debatable)

A post shared by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on Jul 10, 2020 at 11:49am PDT

“You look absolutely beautiful,” wrote one fan, adding a pink heart emoji to the comment.

“Well done Sarah. Looking great! Inspirational as always. Your jokes always make me smile,” added a different devotee.

Quite a few commenters also made reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which last aired 17 years ago, in relation to Sarah’s timeless beauty.

“@sarahmgellar wow you look so amazing and beautiful, if I didn’t know about Buffy, I’d think you were 22,” remarked another admirer.

“Are you immortal or what? You’re hardly aged a day since Buffy it seems like,” quipped a fourth Instagram user.

Working out isn’t the only activity that Sarah has been up to as of late. According to Entertainment Tonight Canada, she has been spending time with her friend and fellow Cruel Intentions actress, Selma Blair. On Wednesday, Sarah shared pictures on her Instagram stories from a recent trip to the beach that the pair took together with their children. In one snap, Sarah and Selma, who were both wearing masks, posed together while standing on the sand.

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