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MO – HOME DEFENSE – Couple seen pointing guns at Missouri protesters says actions were ‘in fear of imminent harm’ (VIDEO)

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is now investigating a husband and wife who were seen in photos pointing guns at protesters outside their home along a private street in St. Louis on Sunday night. All of the property in the neighborhood is private, including the streets and sidewalks, according to Al Watkins, the couple’s attorney. Protesters were headed to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home around 7:20 p.m. on a nearby private street. Protesters allegedly ripped through a locked gate to enter Portland Place, police said. The gate is damaged and now held up with chains. On Monday, Watkins identified his clients as Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are also attorneys. In the statement, Watkins said the McCloskeys wanted to “set the record straight” about the protest and the actions of a few individuals who chose to exploit the otherwise peaceful protest to place the couple in fear of “imminent harm.” They are properly trained with the weapons you see in the photos, Watkins said. The McCloskeys support Black Lives Matter, Watkins said, pointing out that their client base largely consists of persons of color in personal injury and civil rights cases. Watkins went on to explain that peaceful protesters were not the subject of scorn or disdain by the couple, and the McCloskeys were expecting and supportive of the message of the protesters. “Their actions were borne solely of fear and apprehension, the genesis of which was not race-related. In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white,” Watkins said. Two white males among the more than 500 protesters threatened the couple, Watkins said. The McCloskeys responded by calling the police, going into their restored mansion, getting their firearms, and protecting themselves along with their property, Watkins said. “There were two individuals that stuck out like sore thumbs because they were violent. They ripped a 100-year-old wrought iron gate and bent it. They did so in a fashion that was accompanied by derisive commentary,” Watkins said.  [full article]

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