While reactions to the gun-toting lawyers are sharply divided by political leanings, Update (2020ET): St. Louis police are investigating the incident as a case of trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation against the couples.
And of course, not everyone agrees. Local circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner issued a statement on Monday characterizing the events as a “violent assault” on the protesters.
I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault,” said Gardner, who says she’s working with police to investigate the confrontation according to “ Fox19, 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.”
Gardner failed to mention that the protesters were on private property when the ‘peaceful protest’ occurred, or that the protesters ‘peacefully’ broke down a gate to gain entry.
Meanwhile, McCloskey attorney Albert Watkins told the
Associated Press on Monday that his , and only grabbed their guns after several white protesters ‘violently threatened the couple and their property and that of their neighbors,’ according to clients support Black Lives Matter Fox.
“The most important thing for them is that their images (holding the guns) don’t become the basis for a rallying cry for people who oppose the Black Lives Matter message,” said Watkins. “They want to make it really clear that they believe the Black Lives Matter message is important.”
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The St. Louis couple seen defending their mansion on Sunday have spoken publicly about what happened. Update (1115ET):
Personal injury lawyers Mark McCloskey, 63, and his wife Patricia, 61, told
that they were having dinner with family outside their home when the BLM protesters KMOV4 broke through iron gates marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” and “rushed” towards their home.
“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 of our lives,” said Mark McCloskey.
According to police, the couple told protesters that they were on trespassing on a private street and needed to leave. Shortly after, the couple grabbed their guns after noticing several armed protesters in the crowd, shouting threats.
“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets.
We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob,” McCloskey told News 4. – KMOV4
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A St. Louis couple armed themselves and stood outside their mansion as a group of Black Lives Matter protesters
who had broken into their gated community shuffled past while chanting.
The couple, identified as attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey, engaged in a shouting match with the protesters, waving what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle and a pistol (albeit employing terrible muzzle and trigger discipline and without cover).
‘s Cassandra Fairbanks notes, Gateway Pundit the BLM protesters can be clearly be seen entering a gate into the McCloskey’s private community.
Following the incident
people began calling for the McCloskeys to be doxed – resulting in at least one publication from a 2018 article detailing the extensive renovations they performed on the 1912 mansion. removing their address