Black Lives Matter protesters have returned to the mansion of a Missouri couple, who last week drew weapons on activists who broke into their gated community during a demonstration.
Photographs of Mark and Patricia McCloskey standing outside their palatial St. Louis property armed with an AR-15 and a gun were spread around the world last Sunday, the scene symbolizing the polarization that is currently gripping America.
Mark McCloskey, a prominent personal injury attorney, has defended to have pulled his weapon and said he thought “death came through his gate.”
But on Friday, he and his wife were much more passive when hundreds of protesters returned to their posh neighborhood to protest outside their opulent home.
The couple was seen cautiously protesting from the perimeter of their balcony in the presence of their lawyer.
Black Lives Matter protesters have returned to the mansion of a Mark and Patricia McCloskey who last week drew weapons on activists who break down a barricade and march into their gated community during a demonstration. This time, the couple were carefully seen from the perimeter of their balcony. Patrica is shown on the left and Mark on the far right. A friend, dressed in a pink shirt, is seen in the center
Protesters chanted and waved placards outside the residence about 15 minutes before proceeding. Private security was seen walking up and down the balcony watching the crowd
Hundreds of people showed up for the demonstration – five days after the couple raised weapons against protesters
It was a completely different story last Sunday, as the pair pulled weapons as protesters marched past their home
Prior to the protest, private security outside the home was seen to remove barriers.
Protesters chanted and waved placards outside the residence about 15 minutes before proceeding.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Mark McCloskey recalled the situation that led to his armed standoff with protesters last Sunday.
“My wife and I were getting ready to eat, maybe seventy yards from the gate,” he told Carlson.
Protesters walk through the gate of a private street on Friday, not far from the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in St. Louis
Hundreds gathered outside McCloskey’s residence on Friday – five days after the pair brandished weapons to deter demonstrators
Prior to the protest, private security outside the home was seen to remove barriers
A gate kicked in by protesters last Sunday was heavily barricaded for protests Friday
“By the time we looked up and saw the protesters coming over Kings Highway and getting boisterous, we looked over the gate and there is no police there. Our private security was not there. Nobody is there.
“I look at my wife and the gate burst open and all these people come in. And then a stream of people starts to come in, ”he said.
“They are angry, they are screaming, they have saliva from their mouth when they come to the house.”
The married couple came out of their home armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from entering their property after claiming they had broken their way into a gated community
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Thursday, Mark McCloskey recalled the situation that led to his armed standoff with protesters last Sunday
McCloskey went on to say that after seeing a burning 7/11 without intervention at a protest in the city on June 22, he felt he and his wife had to act and went into the house for a gun and an AR-15 to grab.
“I turned to my wife and said,” Oh my god, we’re absolutely alone. There is no one here to protect us, “he said to Fox.
“When I saw that crowd coming through the gate with their anger and anger, I thought we were going to be swamped like that,” he said.
“By the time I got there with my gun, people were 20 or 9 meters from my front wall. I have a small wall separating the house from my front yard. I was literally scared that in a few seconds they would overcome the wall and enter the house, kill us, burn down the house, and everything I’d worked and struggled for the past 32 years. ‘
“I saw it all go up in flames and my life was destroyed in an instant and I did what I thought I should do to protect my hearth, my home and my family.”
McCloskey claimed that his actions had nothing to do with race and that he didn’t care what race the protesters were in.
“Here’s the interesting thing: I’ve spent my career defending people who are defenseless for people who have a hard time making their oracle happen, for people who don’t have a voice,” he continued.
“My black customers love us. On the night this happened, I was called by some of our black customers, who told us how wrong it was as the press wrote to us and how wrong it was to be portrayed as racist.
“This is what I do for a living. I help people who are down or who need a hand and people who need a voice, ”McCloskey added.
“Calling us racist is ridiculous and it has nothing to do with race. I was not worried about the race [of] the crowd that came through my gate, I was afraid I would be killed. I didn’t care what kind of race they were. ‘
The video of the couple’s impasse went viral, with some supporting the couple’s right to protect their private property and others claiming they had broken the law by threatening a peaceful protest.
Police said on Monday that people in the crowd were yelling threats at the couple and the McCloskeys would not be charged.
They added that they are still investigating, but labeled it a case of offense and assault by harassment against the pair by protesters in the racially diverse crowd.
According to the NRAState law does not prohibit the open carriage of firearms, but does exhibit “any weapon readily capable of lethal use” in the presence of one or more persons in an angry or threatening manner.
Exhibiting a weapon in this manner would likely be a Class D crime for which a prison term of up to four years is imposed and a fine of no more than $ 5,000.
According to the St. Louis Americanhowever, the “castle doctrine” allows people to use deadly force to attack an intruder on their property.
About 300 protesters had gone through a gate to this closed-off community and marched in front of the McCloskey House pictured. The family said they were dining outside when the protesters arrived