The St. Louis armed couple claims 300-500 BLM protesters broke down the gate and threatened to kill them
A St. Louis couple who made headlines after being portrayed standing on their porches pointing weapons at Black Lives Matter claimed protestors had broken down their gates to 500 protesters and threatened to kill them.
In late June, photos of the couple, attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing outside their palatial building, armed with an AR-15 and a gun, were blasted around the world.
On Friday, hundreds of protesters returned to their posh neighborhood to protest again, and the pair were watched carefully from their balcony.
And speaking to Fox News on Tuesday about the first incident, senior personal injury attorney Mr. McClosky said, “It was shocking. The gate entered. Apparently everyone in the world came forward. I think the estimate is 300-500 people.
St Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who made headlines after being pictured standing on their porch and aiming their weapons at Black Lives Matter, protesters claimed 500 protesters broke their gates and threatened to kill them
“They came straight at us. We were preparing to dine on the porch and we were literally 70 feet from the gate.
“By the time we got our guns, and by the time I got my gun, the crowd was probably 30 or 40 feet away. We thought this was the end. People shouted everything. ‘
Asked about what the protesters were yelling at them, Ms. McClosky added, “That they would kill us, they would come in, they would burn the house down, they would live in our house after I died.”
She said they pointed to different rooms in the house and said “that’s going to be my bedroom” before threatening to kill their dog if he barked.
Mr. McClosky said he started arranging private security for the house when the couple received a tip stating that the protesters planned to come back to “fetch us and burn the house.”
Photos of the couple standing outside their palatial building armed with an AR-15 and a gun were circulated around the world in late June
The husband and wife added that they had to hire private security to protect their home because police were reported to have been denounced. Pictured: The couple’s broken gate after protesters burst into their yard
“We were told the city police had been ordered to resign, we were told there would be no official help,” he said.
“Our neighborhood association put out a flyer saying that if people broke in, they would just allow it.
“So we started hiring private security and entity after entity said they didn’t want to get involved.”
The situation got so bad that the couple began to “hide” their valuables and were told by a security company of former members of the special forces to “walk away” and “leave” the house.
Instead, the couple sat down and said the second protest was loud but nonviolent.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Thursday, Mark McCloskey recalled the situation that led to his armed standoff with protesters last Sunday
The local police were there and the couple eventually got their own security.
“We had a good routine on Friday. The local police stood up like champions and we had our own security, “he added.
“Everything happened as it should happen. The crowd was loud, but they were not allowed to do anything wrong. ‘
At the second protest on Sunday, the couple were seen on their balcony with their lawyer while private security patrolled up and down.
Protesters chanted and waved placards outside the residence about 15 minutes before proceeding.
On Friday, hundreds of protesters returned to their posh neighborhood to protest again, and the pair were watched carefully from their balcony
In an earlier interview recalling what had happened, Mr. McCloskey claimed that his and his wife’s actions had nothing to do with race and that he did not know what breed the protesters were.
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. ‘
And speaking to Fox News on Tuesday about the first incident, senior personal injury attorney Mr. McClosky said, “It was shocking. The gate entered. Apparently everyone in the world came forward. I think the estimate is 300-500 people ‘
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 people in the crowd yelled 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.