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A husband and wife from St. Louis are defending their decision to pull grease-guns on Black Lives Matter demonstrators after videos of the panorama were shared widely online.
Personal injury lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey faced backlash after developments in the situation unfolded on Sunday, June 28, when protesters marched past their big Forest Park home while on their behavior to challenge Mayor Lyda Krewson.
The demonstrators did not appear to step foot on the property, but the couple still came outside and brandished weapons, with Mark comprising an assault-style rifle while Patricia wielded a handgun.
White people in St. Louis who are so threatened by people parading in support of #BlackLivesMatter that they come out of their house and point grease-guns at objectors are a perfect metaphor for why these demonstrations are necessary. Likewise they should be arrested.pic.twitter.com/ 7OQhhCJ6KH
— Andrew Wortman (@ AmoneyResists) June 29, 2020
After videos of the couple moved viral, the spouse claimed the pair felt the need to arm themselves because they feared for their lives.
As per the Tennessee Star, he commented 😛 TAGEND
We were threatened with our lives, constitutes a threat to a residence being burned down, my agency structure being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened.
BLM protestors barraged a neighborhood. Man comes outside with his AR-1 5 to defend his family. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/ 7rZXZd9oYF
— Kyle Kashuv (@ KyleKashuv) June 29, 2020
McCloskey likened the demonstration to the Storming of the Bastille, which took place in Paris and visualized the person or persons of France strike the government.
Despite the fact footage appears to show a peaceful protest, McCloskey said it was’ about as bad as it can get’.
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I mean, those you know, I really thought it was Storming the Bastille and that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it.
This Mr.& Mrs. Smith sequel looks dreadful pic.twitter.com/ bMICfpmLX0
— Jess Dweck (@ TheDweck) June 29, 2020
The couple defended their decision further by pointing out their home is located on a private street, which objectors had to break through a gate to got to get. McCloskey said there are’ no populace sidewalks or public streets ‘, indicating the activsts were trespassing even without going on to the McCloskeys’ actual property.
He argued it’s not a protest’ when the first thing they do is destroy private property’ and’ they storm in indignant and screaming and threatening ‘, describing the occurrence instead as’ a revolution’ and’ an effort to inflict terror.’
The husband said his family were’ scared that[ they’d] be slaughtered within seconds ‘, though he didn’t seem to consider the fact that demonstrators would probably likewise ought to have scared of being murdered within seconds when the McCloskeys drew out their weapons.
A St. Louis couple in front of their home tonight as objectors paraded past in the city’s Central West End.( photos courtesy @ksdknews collaborator @BILLGREENBLATT/ UPI) #StLouisprotest #STL pic.twitter.com/ I7VlUBUhZ2
— Casey Nolen (@ CaseyNolen) June 29, 2020
Though the footage hints otherwise, the McCloskeys’ attorney, Albert Watkins, told the Associated Press the couple are long-time civil rights counsels and support the message of the Black Lives Matter movement.
He claimed they got their their grease-guns when a few white demonstrators violently threatened the couple and their property.
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The most important thing for them is that their images( holding the firearms) don’t become the basis for a rallying cry for people who oppose the Black Lives Matter message.
They want to make it really clear that they believe the Black Lives Matter message is important
Fantastic photo. Gun held one handed , no trigger self-discipline, out of focus husband in the background pointing his AR at her downrange. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/ DE2pZiJ45I
— Chief Justice Keef (@ ohip1 3) June 29, 2020
Kimberly Gardner, circuit attorney for St. Louis, said in a statement on Monday that she is investigating the McCloskeys for their’ threat of deadly force.’
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I am horrified at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and violent assault.
We must protect the human rights of peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated. My office is currently working with the public and police to investigate these events.
Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in regards to occurrences over weekend: pic.twitter.com/ KqqFHIvL9Q
— Circuit Attorney (@ stlcao) June 29, 2020
Gardner said she’ will not tolerate the use of force against those practising their First Amendment privileges’ and vowed to’ use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.’
No costs ought to have delivered against McCloskeys, and though police said they were still investigating they labelled developments in the situation a lawsuit of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by protesters.
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