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Married White Missouri Lawyers Point Guns At Protesters Marching Through Gated Community

The husband had a semi-automatic rifle, and the wife held a handgun as they told protesters "Get out! Private property, get out!"

Videos of a white couple brandishing guns and threatening protesters in St. Louis, who were marching toward the mayor’s house, have made their rounds on social media.

Hundreds headed to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house on Sunday to demand her resignation after she read the names and addresses of advocates for defunding the police on Facebook Live, reports the St. Louis Dispatch. The crowd passed through a gated community, Portland Place, which seemed to anger white residents Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

The couple, who are both personal injury lawyers according to Insider, came onto their lawn to accost protesters. Mark held a semi-automatic rifle with an extended clip, and Patricia held a smaller handgun. Videos show some protesters attempting to engage in conversation with the couple, telling them to calm down, but others urged them to keep moving instead.

“Private property!” the couple shouted at the crowd. “Get out! Private property, get out!”

According to a police report, the McCloskeys called police after they heard a noise coming from outside and went to see what it was. They saw “a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with ‘No Trespassing’ and ‘Private Street’ signs.”

“Once through the gate, the victims advised the group that they were on a private street and trespassing and told them to leave. The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims," the report said. "When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police."

Police are investigating the incident that occurred in Portland Place but are classifying it as a case of trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation.

The couple, who run their own firm, the McCloskey Law Center, may have been breaking a Missouri law that states a person "commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons [if] he or she knowingly exhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner," Insider reported.

In an interview with KSDK, Mark compared protesters' presence on the property to them being in his living room. 

"Everything inside the Portland Place gate is private property. There is nothing public in Portland Place. Being inside that gate is like being in my living room," he said. "There is no public anything in Portland Place. It is all private property. And you’ve got to appreciate that if there are two or three hundred people, I don’t know how many there were."

"We were told that 500 people showed up at the Lyda Krewson house, which is not on our street, as you know. But how many of them came through Portland Place? I don’t know," he added. "But it was a big crowd and they were aggressive, wearing body armor and screaming at us and threatening to harm us. And how they were going to be living in our house after they kill us."

President Donald Trump retweeted one of the videos, originally posted by ABC News, captured by a protester.

According to the firm’s website, Patricia is a member of the Missouri Bar Association ethics-review panel. Mark recently represented a Black man who was kicked by a St. Louis police officer in 2019 as he tried to surrender. In March, the officer, David Maas, was indicted on charges of deprivation of rights under color of law.

At the time the charges were brought, Mark said he was "glad that the law enforcement agencies are subject to the same standard as everybody else,” reports the Associated Press.

The protest, organized by Expect Us, made its way through the community and to Krewson’s house, reports KSDK. A petition calling for her resignation has over 40,000 signatures for the act that the ACLU called “shocking and misguided.”

“As a leader, you don’t do stuff like that. ... It’s only right that we visit her at her home,” said State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge at the protest.

The video was removed Friday night, and Krewson issued an apology on social media, saying she “did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone.”
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