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St. Louis Couple Point Guns at Peaceful Protesters Marching Past Their House (Video)
The couple who went viral for waving their guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home have been indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey were each charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon in July. According to The Associated Press, the grand jury added the charge of tampering with evidence on Tuesday.
“Once all the facts are out, it will be clear the McCloskeys committed no crime whatsoever,” Joel Schwartz, their attorney, told KMOV-TV. “Frankly because the grand jury is not an adversarial process and defense counsel are not allowed in there and I have no idea what was stated to the grand jury and what law was given to the grand jury.”
Mark McCloskey told reporters after the court hearing that not one of protesters who damaged his property was charged in the incident.
“They broke down our gate, they trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people are now charged with anything,” McCloskey said, according to KMOV-TV. “We’re charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law license.”
We previously reported… the protesters were on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson (D), calling on her to resign after she revealed the personal information of activists on a livestream.
“It was like the storming of the Bastille, the gate came down and a large crowd of angry, aggressive people poured through. I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed,” Mark McCloskey told local CBS affiliate KMOV in July.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear for our lives,” he said. Mark also claims to have received a death threat from one protester.
An attorney representing the couple, Albert Watkins, said the McCloskeys’ actions were not “race related,” adding, “In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white.”
Nine individuals protesting that day were charged with misdemeanor trespassing but those charges were reportedly dropped.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he will likely pardon the McCloskeys if they’re convicted.
“I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail,” Parson said, noting that a pardon is “exactly what would happen” should they be convicted.
A white couple intent on protecting their home from protesters who were simply marching past Sunday evening has gone viral.
Protesters, armed only with posters and chants, marched through St. Louis on Sunday evening urging Mayor Lyda Krewson to redirect city funds away from law enforcement. They were marching toward the mayor’s house in the Central West End, banging on drums and carrying signs that said, “Respect us.” According to the Washington Post, the first-term Democrat had publicly released the names and addresses of some fellow activists, and now they wanted to bring their demonstration to her door.
But as the peaceful crowd of about 500 walked along the private, gated street, a white couple emerged from a five-story marble mansion barefoot and carrying a semiautomatic rifle as he appeared to threaten the group. A few feet away, a woman pointed a pistol at the crowd, her finger directly on the trigger.
Watch below from multiple angles:
The video had been viewed nearly 9 million times by Monday morning, including by Donald Trump, who retweeted the video without explanation.