Why take accountability for your actions when you can go on CNN with your lawyer and blame your victims? Honestly, it’s Rich White People 101, kids.
Remember St. Louis “Ken and Karen,” the two homeowners that brandished an automatic rifle and small handgun at peaceful protestors walking down their private street to confront the city’s Mayor Lyda Krewson at her home? (Additionally, Mayor Krewson is the one that read aloud the names and addresses of her own citizens that took part in protests, opening them up to doxxing, threats, and other harassment or damages.) Well, the two lawyers got one of their own to represent them and are already moving quickly to erase the damage they did to themselves on Sunday, June 28.
The couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, went viral quickly after protestors snapped their photo and took video of the incident.
This new season of Ozark looks awful.— Ryan L. Thomas (@ryan_l_thomas) June 29, 2020
Ken and Karen Snell are interesting characters though. pic.twitter.com/MBc2rdVgTF
St. Louis prosecutor Kimberly Gardner was quick to reprimand the McCloskeys publicly, stating, “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 McCloskeys could be charged due to a Missouri law stating that “in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner” being brandished is a no-no punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and up to four years in prison. It’s a Class D Felony, kids.
On the other side of the legality (of the McCloskeys abandoning their day to grab an automatic rifle and a handgun to point at people protesting the doxxing of citizens taking part in their constitutional rights) is the idea of the Castle Doctrine. This Missouri law says that homeowners can use guns to kill people intruding on their property. However, it seems to me that the protestors were not on the couple’s property but on the road or sidewalks outside their property. I’m no lawyer but I can tell when white people are being big babies. I have a PhD in hywhite hysteria hystudies.
Meet Ken and Karen MAGA.— We The People Are Pissed Off (@LiddleSavages) June 29, 2020
These are just kids, peaceful protesters and look at how these complete idiots act. Perfect example of why civilians should not own AR-15 assault weapons to protect themselves from these threatening people. Unacceptable. Period. pic.twitter.com/Alt9zApkcl
On to Ken Mr. McCloskey deciding to visit CNN and speaking to Chris Cuomo about their ruined life due to their actions. The interview from Tuesday includes Cuomo asking how it feels for the images of the couple being used to embody the resistance to the Black Lives Matter movement. This prompted McCloskey to insist that is ridiculous and that he doesn’t oppose the movement.
“I didn’t care what color they were. I didn’t care what their motivation was. I was frightened, I was assaulted, and I was in imminent fear that they would run me over, kill me, burn my house.”
The protestor accounts of the situation differ, with them insisting they came through an unlocked gate and went down the McCloskey’s private road to subvert roadblocks set up to keep people away from Mayor Krewson’s home. While the McCloskeys claim protestors were shouting that they would kill them, their dog, and then live in their house, people like Jon Cooper told The Washington Post that was not true.
“… he only noticed the McCloskeys when the couple walked outside their home, threatening to kill the demonstrators. Several people, he said, asked the couple to put away the weapons and to stop pointing them toward the crowd.
“I was afraid [Patricia McCloskey] would open fire or accidentally discharge into the crowd,” Cooper told the newspaper. “I was afraid someone among us would legitimately fear for their life and react defensively, which could’ve sparked a bloodbath.”
Now we wait to see what the investigation into the legality of the McCloskey’s actions turns up, hoping that the truth emerges and more people will think more carefully before they brandish weapons at people. I would also like to point out that the McCloskeys are apparently Democrats, as they have donated money to the party’s candidates and continue to do so. That doesn’t excuse their behavior.
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