Personal injury lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey are the couple photographed pointing semi-automatic weapons at protestors walking past their house on a private street. The protestors were on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to protest her on-air reading of citizen names associated with supporting the Black Lives Matter protests and movement. I’ve written about this in more depth previously, but the group captured the McCloskey’s pointing guns at them and yelling, with Patricia’s finger on the trigger of her weapon.
Immediately after the footage hit social media sites, people began calling out the McCloskey’s for their perceived overreaction while others lauded their actions in defense of their million-dollar mansion. One of those that opposed the McCloskey waving of guns is Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and now the couple is facing one charge each of felony unlawful use of a weapon.
Gardner cites the St. Louis law that forbids using weapons in a threatening way. However, Missouri also adheres to the Castle Doctrine, which Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt cited in his filing to dismiss the charges. The Castle Doctrine allows “broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm.”
McCloskey attorney, Joel Schwartz, also cites that Castle Doctrine in a released statement:
“I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”
The McCloskeys maintain that protestors broke down a gate to gain entry to the neighborhood and then verbally threatened them and their home, prompting the use of firearms on their end.
In this video you can see protestors walk right through the gate. It’s not destroyed when they walk onto the street.— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) June 29, 2020
You can hear McCloskey, “get the hell out of my neighborhood.” pic.twitter.com/ZbBNP2Xc4v
After the protestors were filmed respectfully entering the gate, the alleged same one was found destroyed.
Statement from attorney Mark McCloskey:— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) June 29, 2020
“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.” pic.twitter.com/q3GW4Mmloz
In a pending lawsuit (which it seems the McCloskeys are overly fond of filing) with their neighborhood association, a neighbor contends that the couple pulled a gun on him when he walked on the same public patch of grass as the protestors. McCloskey admits to that.
It turns out that the McCloskeys are singularly obsessed with their perception of what part of the neighborhood property belongs to them and have clashed with neighbors about it previously. Mark even smashed beehives tended by a neighboring Jewish Central Reform Congregation and then left them a note threatening a lawsuit if they failed to clean up the mess he made. The beehives were placed outside of the wall to the north of his home. It was on the other side of the wall surrounding their mansion and he smashed the bees and threatened the owners of said bees.
Their neighbors also released an open letter denouncing the actions of the McCloskeys.
In the aftermath of the original interaction with protestors, the specter of charges loomed for the couple who took to CNN to lament their life circumstances due to their choices. Since then, Mark has changed his tune to say, “I’d do it all again.” I have to believe it helps to know that if convicted of the felony charges, Missouri Governor Mike Parson will just pardon the couple. (Aren’t there any guidelines or rules for pardoning people? Other than being white and a favorite of the President when a Kardashian isn’t involved?)