A St. Louis couple who made headlines across the country for waving rifles aimed at Black Lives Matter protesters on their porch has found themselves in a long-running armed battle with their neighbors.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a husband and wife personal injury attorney, were filmed Sunday evening with the aim of demonstrators walking past their mansion on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.
They said they were afraid and defended their property.
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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, pictured on Sunday night with weapons outside their home, are engaged in a long-running feud over a 1143-square-foot plot of land near their property
The disputed area around their property in St Louis is highlighted in red
The personal injury attorneys faced protesters marching past their home on Sunday
Yet the couple has long been engaged in another battle for their home – it has been on St. Louis Circuit Court since 2017, where guns were also drawn.
Portland Place administrators, where they live, say that the “ strip of land ” next to their home belongs to them, as it was described in the reviewer’s documents more than 116 years ago.
However, the McCloskeys say the legal concept of “unfavorable property” means that they own it – the idea that land can be occupied and, after many years, can be owned.
In an affidavitMark McCloskey described the country as lying within their block, saying it “consists of one thousand three hundred forty-three (1143) square feet” and “is located north of the Portland Place sidewalk.”
On Monday, judge Joan Moriarty ruled against McCloskeys’ motion to bring the case to trial without trial, meaning the three-year battle continues.
The McCloskey’s home in St Louis, on One Portland Place, is in a gated community
Between the time of acquisition of One Portland Place and the construction of the aforementioned three-foot wall, the McCloskeys regularly banned all individuals, including Portland Place residents, from crossing the lot, including at least at some point, where they challenged a gun-dweller who declined to heed the McCloskeys’ warnings to stay away from such property, “said an affidavit in the lawsuit.
The McCloskeys and the administrators have argued over seeding and landscaping, over tile and corrugation, and even over the ‘Private Street’ sign.
According to the lawsuit obtained by the St Louis Post shipping“Mark McCloskey dug up the board and reinstalled it on the south side of the sidewalk.”
McCloskey told CNN on Tuesday evening that he was scared of his life by the “crowd” of protesters.
“I was the victim of a gang that came through the gate,” he said.
“I didn’t care what color they were. I didn’t care what their motivation was.
“I was afraid, I was abused, and I was about to be afraid that they would run me over, kill me, and burn my house.”
McCloskey, 63, rejected the suggestion that he was a symbol for those who rejected Black Lives Matter.
“I’m not the face of anything that violates the Black Lives Matter movement,” he said, calling the idea “utterly ridiculous.”
“I was a person who was afraid of my life and who protected my wife, my house, my fireplace, my livelihood.”
Albert Watkins, a St. Louis attorney for the McCloskeys, said in a statement The Washington Post that they acted “lawfully” out of “fear and fear.”
The showdown was not race-related, he added, and white ‘agitators’ were responsible for provoking the white couple.
“My clients, as people with melanin deficiency, fully respect the message that Black Lives Matter should send, especially to whites,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.