Man defends pointing rifle at protesters outside mansion home

Cheryl Sanders
July 3, 2020

Mark McCloskey said in the affidavit that he and his wife purchased the home in 1988 and have taken several measures to improve the disputed piece of land.

The protesters were en route to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's home to demand her resignation after she released names and addresses of residents who joined in anti-cop protests.

A march in St. Louis, Missouri, found protesters demanding that Mayor Lyda Krewsom resign.

Eventually, protestors made it outside of the McCloskeys house, and this is when Mark came outside with an AR-15 gun while his wife Patricia held a small handgun.

Later in the interview, Cuomo suggested the McCloskeys committed wrongdoing by "pointing a loaded weapon at a group of people who were walking past". Meanwhile, the couple's actions have sparked debate about whether they were protected under Missouri's version of the castle doctrine law, which generally allows a person to defend their homes.

As he has done in a series of interviews in the past few nights, McCloskey maintained that he was "literally afraid that within seconds they would surmount the wall come into the house, kill us, burn the house down and everything that I've worked for and struggled for for the last 32 years".

St. Louis homeowner and lawyer Mark McCloskey, who was seen in viral footage brandishing a firearm along with his wife Patricia, explained why he chose to arm himself and confront Black Lives Matter protesters who marched toward his property.

McCloskey cited the vandalism and looting of stores during recent protests across the country as a reason he was so frightful.

On Tuesday, McCloskey spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo. "The night that this happened, I had some of our Black clients calling us up till 2:30 in the morning telling us how wrong it was the way the press is writing this up". "As soon as protesters came through the open gate, the man and woman came out of their home".

However, the police assertion that the McCloskeys picked up their guns after being threatened was apparently contradicted by Mark McCloskey himself, who told KMOV, "The threats happened probably after we got the guns".

In a separate interview on Fox News, McCloskey added that "my Black clients love us".

"We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated", she said in a statement.

"To call us racist is ridiculous", he added.

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a St. Louis prosecutor, said she is working with police to launch an investigation into the incident, according to USA Today. When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police.

The Tennessee Star reports that he said: "We were threatened with our lives, threatened with a house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog's life being threatened".

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