Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, husband-wife lawyers, break out weaponry when protesters appear in front of their million-dollar home in St. Louis neighborhood

Patricia and Mark McCloskey point guns at protesters.

A husband-wife lawyer duo caused a social-media stir when they were taped over the weekend pointing guns at seemingly peaceful protesters in their posh Forest Park neighborhood near the famed St. Louis Zoo.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey head the McCloskey Law Center, a personal-injury firm that apparently generates sufficient revenue for them to live in a home with an estimated worth of $1 million. The McCloskeys reportedly are long-time supporters of the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

Mark McCloskey stated in press reports that the street in front of the couple's home, and all of the neighborhood's confines, are private property -- protected with a wrought-iron gate and marked with no-tresspassing signs. What caused protesters to wind up in a residential neighborhood? From a report at KMOV.com:

A St. Louis homeowner seen pointing guns at protesters spoke to News 4 Monday, saying he and his wife were in fear for their lives when protesters came down their street.

Hundreds of protesters chanted and marched to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's home Sunday night calling for her resignation.

A group of 300 protesters, chanting "resign Lyda, take the cops with you," marched after Krewson read the names and addresses of demonstrators calling for police reform during a Friday afternoon Facebook Live video.

During the protest, a couple at a nearby home stepped outside with guns around 7:30 p.m. Images and videos showed 61-year-old Patricia McCloskey pointing a handgun at the crowd and her husband 63-year-old Mark McCloskey was seen holding a rifle. Mark and Patricia McCloskey are personal-injury lawyers who work together in the McCloskey Law Center in St. Louis.

The couple is receiving both praise and criticism online: some people are supporting them for protecting their property.

However St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said her office is investigating the incident, adding that protesters should not be met with violence.

"I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault. 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," Gardner tweeted.

How ugly did the neighborhood scene get? Mark McCloskey said it was pretty ugly:

Mark McCloskey reached out to News 4 Monday morning saying he was having dinner with his family outside of his home when the crowd went through wrought iron gates marked with "No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs on Portland Place.

"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," McCloskey said.

Despite his claims, video circulating on social media shows protesters opening and walking through the unbroken gate. It is unclear when it was actually damaged or who destroyed it.

"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 told News 4.

Later in the night, protesters painted "RESIGN" on the street in front of the mayor's house.

The McCloskeys apparently are not old pros when it comes to handling guns. A report at heavy.com indicates they might have been more of a danger to each other than anyone else:

Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey are a St. Louis couple who were seen on video and in photos pointing guns at protesters who were walking by their home in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 28, went viral on Twitter. The husband and wife, who work together as personal injury trial lawyers, came out of their house armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from walking onto their property in the Forest Park area.

In the videos shared online, however, it doesn’t appear that anyone walking in Sunday’s protest calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was trespassing on their palatial lawn or approached their house. While Mark McCloskey, 63, holds a large assault weapon and Patty McCloskey, 61, holds a handgun in the video, they end up pointing their weapons at each other while staring down protesters. (See video at the end of this post.) While a video does show the protesters walking through a pedestrian gate next to signs that say “private street,” “no trespassing” and “access limited to residents,” witnesses have said the protesters were peaceful and did not approach the McCloskeys or go onto the lawn of the “Midwestern palazzo” where they live.

The police report states that the couple contacted police ‘when they heard a loud commotion coming from the street’ and ‘observed a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with ‘No Trespassing’ and ‘Private Street’ signs,’ BuzzFeed wrote. Police said the couple claimed protesters were ‘yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims’ and that they brought out their guns when they ‘observed multiple subjects who were armed.'” Police didn’t say in the report if officers verified whether any protesters were armed or if weapons were pointed at the McCloskeys, according to BuzzFeed News.


Anonymous said...

Schnauzer, you need to get back to Alabama. Those people in Missouri are crazy.

Anonymous said...

It's a miracle someone wasn't killed. Could have very easily happened.

legalschnauzer said...

One of the protesters was quoted as saying he thought a bloodbath was about to begin.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest the McCloskeys get some firearm training before breaking out the guns next time.

Anonymous said...

I look for the McCloskys to be hit with criminal charges of some sort. Of course, the protesters probably should be hit with criminal trespassing. Really dumb to take this kind of activity into a residential neighborhood that clearly is marked private property -- no matter where the mayor lives.

legalschnauzer said...

GOPers are trying to claim the McCloskeys support Democratic causes. Snopes says that is false:


The Mark McCloskey in the video has made multple contributions to Trump Make America Great Again Committee.

legalschnauzer said...

Here is an aerial view of McCloskey home and surrounding area:


legalschnauzer said...

Mccloskeys could face felony charges:

Two attorneys in St. Louis who brandished firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend could be charged with a felony.

Under Section 571.030(4) of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, it is a crime when a person “[e]xhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.” Such a person “commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons,” which is defined as a class E felony. Such felonies carry up to four years in prison, one year in jail, and/or a $10,000 fine–but are subject to probation.


Anonymous said...

Looks like the McCloskeys picked the wrong week to give up sniffing glue.

(In memory of the great Lloyd Bridges.)

legalschnauzer said...

McCloskeys also could face assault charges:

St. Louis University School of Law Professor John Ammann offered local NBC affiliate KSDK another avenue of potential prosecution. He said the McCloskeys’ gun-toting incident might qualify as an assault because brandishing their weapons in such a fashion could have reasonably put the peaceful protesters in fear for their safety.

Under Missouri law, the distinct common law concepts of assault and battery are rolled into the same statute and defined under various degrees of assault. Section 565.056 (3-4) defines assault in the fourth degree as any conduct which “purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury” or “recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person.”

legalschnauzer said...

Trump retweets images of StL couple brandishing guns at protesters:

President Donald Trump retweeted a video Monday morning of a white man and woman brandishing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful Black protesters in St. Louis over the weekend, amplifying a surreal scene that embodied the racial divisions roiling the country.

Trump’s promotion of the St. Louis confrontation was the second time in two days that the president used his social media platforms — which he often credits with allowing him to circumvent mainstream news outlets — to exacerbate racial divisions as Americans have been protesting police brutality and demanding social justice reforms after the killing of George Floyd.

On Sunday, Trump retweeted a video of one of his supporters at a retirement community in Florida yelling “White power!” during what appeared to be an angry clash over the president and race among white residents in the community. He deleted the tweet about three hours after posting it, and a White House spokesman said Trump had not heard the man make the “white power” statement. Still, no one in the White House, including the president himself, condemned the sentiment.


Anonymous said...

Can't believe the mayor was dumb enough to publicize protesters addresses.