Missouri Lawyers Who Confronted Protesters With Guns Are Under Investigation

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

The demonstrators were demanding Krewson's resignation after she read aloud the names and addresses of those who had written to her asking for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to be defunded as a solution to racist police brutality.

Gardner issued a statement late Monday morning, stating that she was "alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault".

Her office told the St. Louis American that the lawyers, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, will be investigated.

Trump retweeted without comment the video of the white couple pointing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at the protesters, the majority of whom were black.

The couple, he said, was hesitant to come forward with the full story out of fear that they would "disparage the importance of Black Lives Matter".

Krewson, a white longtime alderwoman, was elected as St. Louis' first female mayor in April 2017 by pledging to work to reduce crime and improve impoverished neighborhoods.

Mr and Mrs McCloskey acted fully within their rights on their own property and their actions were "borne exclusively of fear and apprehension". No other police reports were filed that night, a department spokesperson told Fox News.

He added: "Bad things were said". They were threats. They were hostile...my clients weren't there with guns.

In the video, Mark McCloskey wears a pink polo shirt and pleated khakis, with his wife Patricia is in a striped T-shirt and cropped trousers. "The actions of violence, destruction of property and acts of threatening aggression by a few individuals commingling with the peaceful protesters, gave rise to trepidation and fear of imminent and grave".

Based on the couple's account, police labeled the incident a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation, according to the incident summary. But people in the crowd yelled obscenities and threats, police said. The man and woman said they saw people who were armed, so they armed themselves and called police, according to authorities.

"His point in tweeting out that video was to stand with his supporters, who are oftentimes demonised", McEnany said.

The crowd passed through a gated community, Portland Place, which seemed to anger white residents Mark and Patricia McCloskey. He said they grabbed their guns when two or three protesters - who were white - violently threatened the couple and their property and that of their neighbors. "There are no public sidewalks or public streets".

"I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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