Earlier this year, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri was seen on video pulling their guns out on a crowd of Black Live Matters demonstrators who were walking past their house. According to KMOV, a St. Louis grand jury has indicted that couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, on two counts each of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence.
Because of that incident, the McCloskeys, who are Republican and personal injury attorneys, were featured speakers on the first night of the Republican National Convention.
The incident took place on June 28 during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who publicly revealed the names and addresses of protesters who wrote letters to her in support of defunding the police department.
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Albert S. Watkins, a lawyer for the couple at the time of the incident, said, “The McCloskeys want to make sure no one thinks less of BLM, its message and the means it is employing to get its message out because of the actions of a few White individuals who tarnished a peaceful protest.”
The attorney for the couple, Joel Schwartz, said he wasn’t surprised by the indictment, saying the grand jury didn’t have all the facts.
“Once all the facts are out, it will be clear the McCloskeys committed no crime whatsoever,” Schwartz said. “Frankly because the grand jury is not an adversarial process and defense counsel are not allowed in there and I have no idea what was stated to the grand jury and what law was given to the grand jury.”
“They broke down our gate, they trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people are now charged with anything,” Mark McCloskey said. “We’re charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law license.”
“What you are witnessing here is just an opportunity for the government, the leftist, democrat government of the City of St. Louis, to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our Second Amendment rights,” McCloskey added.