The St. Louis lawyer in the middle of a race row claims most aggressors were white
A Missouri lawyer who brandished his wife with guns to Black Lives Matter protesters last weekend claimed most aggressors were not colored people, and he didn’t think the incident would become a “ race problem. ”
He also insisted that he “think what came through [his] gate was death ‘, during an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning.
Mark McCloskey, 63, and wife Patricia, 61, were filmed on Sunday night signing an AR-15 and a gun to protesters outside their $ 1.5 million mansion in a well-to-do St. Louis neighborhood.
Mark McCloskey appeared with his lawyer Albert Watkins for an interview on Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning
They hear the protesters scream to leave their neighborhood and claim that protesters have broken down a gate to the private community.
Protesters were on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house to demand her resignation after revealing the names and addresses of residents who had proposed firing the police.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain alongside his lawyer Albert Watkins, McCloskey said he was surprised the incident had become “a racing problem.”
He claimed, “There was not a single thought in my mind the moment I grabbed my rifle for any race or nationality or religious background or anything of the people who came through that gate.”
His lawyer added, “And interestingly, the people who were the aggressors here were not colored people.”
McCloskey continued, “The vast majority of people were white, or at least I knew that.
“How they can turn this into a race baiting situation, what it is, is complete nonsense because race had absolutely nothing to do with it, it never occurred to me.”
Amid allegations that the couple had broken the law by brandishing weapons at peaceful protesters, McCloskey insisted that the protesters had broken down a gate to enter private property and feared for his life.
“What I stood for was an angry group of people who, as best I could tell, were about to kill me and burn my house, and there was an important precedent for that in the city of St. Louis.
“Suffice that what I thought I got through that gate was my death, and I took the right action.”
McCloskey, who works as a personal injury attorney, also maintained his position as a civil rights attorney, adding that he had represented “people in civil rights cases against excessive police violence.”
Armed homeowners, Patty and Mark McCloskey, stand in front of their home along Portland Place and confront protesters marching Sunday at the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
“I currently represent a young black man who is in prison because of excessive police brutality against him,” he said.
During the interview, McCloskey said he announced it was private property before taking his gun. He claims that a protester brought out gun magazines and said, “You’re next.”
People at the protest have claimed that it was peaceful and that no one was carrying weapons.
The lawyer previously shared photos of the destroyed gate, which he said was all related to the protesters’ work on Sunday evening.
He rejected the claim that the gate had already been broken as ‘nonsense’.
The married couple came out of their homes armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from entering their property after claiming they had broken their way into a gated community. Police said no charges have been brought
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
Despite Mark’s claims, video footage of the protest shows the protesters walking through the gate, which was completely intact and open, when they are immediately scolded by an armed McCloskey to “get hell out of my way.”
“This is private property, get out,” the lawyer hears, as the person recording the video points to his gun.
One man can be heard telling McCloskey to “calm down” while another is shouted “this is a public street a hole.”
“Then call the police,” says another.
McCloskey constantly repeats “private property, get out.”
The McCloskeys video went viral on Sunday evening after being seen targeting protesters walking past their palatial estate in the affluent Forest Park area around 6:00 PM on Sunday.
Mark McCloskey was seen carrying a firearm as protesters entered his neighborhood
At one point, the pair seemed to unknowingly aim their weapons at each other while trying to keep protesters away from their home – called the Niemann Mansion.
The pair are both personal injury attorneys and run the McCloskey Law Center from their extravagant home. The company’s website was taken offline Monday afternoon.
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.
Prosecutor Kimberly Gardner made a statement later on Monday, “I am alarmed at the weekend events, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent attack.
“We must protect the right to protest peacefully, and any attempt to cool it through intimidation or the threat of death may not be tolerated.”
Monday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted images of the couple without comment.
Demonstrators sang “Let’s Go” as the pair stopped at the front door and patroled back and forth.
A video showed Patricia McCloskey getting closer to protesters in her front yard
A live stream shows protesters walking through the gate to the path in front of the McCloskey house on Portland Place. The video indicates that Mark McCloskey is holding a gun
A video posted to the demonstration on Twitter shows the woman holding her gun to a protester wearing a T-shirt that reads “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
The individual seemed to be trying to get people out of the house at the time.
Patricia McCloskey comes closer to the protesters talking to them while some stand and argue.
Other protesters yell at everyone to “go” as the woman waves her pistol at them from her front yard, watching Mark McCloskey with his rifle from the front door.
St. Louis police confirmed they had been called to Portland Place on Sunday evening at around 7:20 a.m. for an incident involving violations and assault of the 4th harassment after the McCloskeys issued a “call for help.”
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey are both personal injury attorneys
“The victims said they were on their property when they heard loud shouts from the street. When the victims went to investigate the commotion, they saw that a large group of subjects forcibly pierced an iron gate with the signs ‘forbidden access’ and ‘private street’, police said.
“Once through the gate, the victims told the group that they were on a private street and trespassing, and told to leave. The group started screaming obscenities and threats to both victims.
When the victims observed several armed subjects, they armed themselves and contacted the police. The investigation is ongoing. ‘