St. Louis Prosecutor Kim Gardner is investigating whether a married couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, broke any laws by pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters walking outside their Central West End mansion.
The pair of lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey are seen pointing their weapons at protesters in a video that went viral with more than 13 million views. Mark McCloskey is seen with an assault type weapon while his wife Patricia McCloskey is seen with a semiautomatic pistol. It is unknown whether either gun is loaded.
Gardner made an announcement late Monday morning, stating that she was “alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault.” She added that her office is “currently working with the public and police to investigate these events.”
Prosecutor Gardner will hold people accountable
Gardner further added: “Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
The protesters were passing in front of Mark and Patricia’s mansion heading towards Lyda Krewson’s house, the mayor of St. Louis.
The protesters were demanding a resignation from the mayor for releasing the names and information of people who called for defunding the St.Louis Police Department.
Mayor Krewson later apologized for doxxing people by reading the letters on a facebook live meet with protestors. Also Read– Iran asks interpol to detain Trump in arrest warrant
“Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone,” Krewson said in a statement. “The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize.”
A few people on the internet are supporting the couple for protecting their property however, many are criticizing them.
The pair of lawyers felt threatened by the protesters
Mark McCloskey told reporters he and his family were having dinner outside when protesters broke through the iron gates of Portland Place where the signs read “No Trespassing” and “Private Street”.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives,” Mark McCloskey said.
“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob,” McCloskey added.