A now-viral video shows an armed white couple in St. Louis defending their home and private property from more than 100 Black Lives Matter protesters.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey live in a gated community and the protesters broke through a fence before gathering just outside the couple’s house, where they allegedly made threats against their lives. The couple armed themselves and remained on the front of their property.
No shots were fired but St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner released a statement claiming the armed residents may have violated the law and that she was looking into potential violations.
“I am alarmed at the events that happened over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault,” she said in a statement, as BizPac Review reports. “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”
She added: “My office is currently working with the public and the police to investigate these events. Make no mistake: We will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in regards to events over weekend: pic.twitter.com/KqqFHIvL9Q
— Circuit Attorney (@stlcao) June 29, 2020
The written statement coincided with a presser Gardner hosted on the same day.
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BizPac Review reports Gardner’s statements drew criticism online as many conservatives have argued in support of the armed couple and that they were just trying to protect themselves and their property from the hundreds of angry protesters.
From the report:
On Sunday, a roving mob of armed Black Lives Matter extremists broke through the private gate of the McCloskey’s neighborhood and began marching toward St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.
Along the way, they passed by the McCloskey’s mansion and began threatening the family with death.
Mark McCloskey was interviewed by local news station KMOV shortly after the incident where he explained some of the threats against his and his wife’s lives.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the 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.
“One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together and said, ‘You’re next.’ That was the first death threat we got that night,” McCloskey added per BizPac Review.
McCloskey said he and his wife felt “alone” facing the mob of more than 100 people.
He said: “We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”