THE Missouri man who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters has praised his wife for grabbing a gun to defend their home as the couple say they are awaiting charges and could be arrested “at any moment”.
Mark McCloskey, 61, and wife Patricia McCloskey, 63, were seen outside their mansion on June 28 pointing a long rifle and smaller handgun at demonstrators.
Last Friday, authorities executed a search warrant on the home of the personal injury lawyers and the AR-15 assault rifle that Mark was holding in photos and video from that day was seized.
The couple’s lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said last week they made arrangements to turn over the gun Patricia was holding — which they claim was inoperable during the protest and still is.
The McCloskeys pulled out their weapons last month as protesters marched past their mansion, toward the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson, which was located nearby.
At any moment we could be slapped with a summons and arrested.
“I don’t know the details of the criminal aspect of this, although I think there is no criminal aspect of this,” McCloskey explained during an interview on Fox News’ “Watters’ World.”
“But I think under the technicalities of Missouri law, in order to trump up whatever the attorneys are going to have against us, we have to test-fire the weapon or make sure that it’s the gun and credibly capable of being lethal.”
Despite the uproar, the St Louis homeowner said he was “just trying to get on with my life”.
“At any moment we could be slapped with a summons and arrested,” he added.
McCloskey also gushed over his wife’s defense of their property, saying he was “surprised” to see her in the front yard with a pistol in her past.
“What a woman,” he said.
Mark said on Fox News on Monday night that “the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly” over what happened.
McCloskey also criticized the local media for their coverage for “slandering and maligning” the couple.
“They went so far as to print a copy of a birthday card my dad gave me in 1976. … There is no limit to what they’ll do to try to make me look bad,” McCloskey said.
“So that is how I am being treated in the press for defending my home.”
There is no limit to what they’ll do to try to make me look bad.
After the incident, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, who is St Louis’ top prosecutor, said she was “alarmed” at what happened.
She added that “any attempt to chill (the right to peacefully protest) through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”
But Schwartz said that per Missouri state law, people who show reasonable fear have the right to take necessary steps to defend themselves.
“In this particular situation, people not only broke the law and trespassed on private property, but they committed property damage,” Schwartz said.
He added that a business was burned down in St Louis and a retired police captain, David Dorn, was fatally shot during a looting shortly before the incident on June 28.
On Saturday, the St Louis Post-Dispatch published a report of the McCloskeys, citing public records and interviews, claiming the pair is nearly always in conflict with other people — usually over their property.
They filed a lawsuit in 1988 to obtain their house, a castle built for Adolphus Busch’s daughter and her husband in the early 20th century.
At the McCloskeys’ property in Franklin County, they have sued neighbors for making changes to a gravel road and have evicted tenants twice from a modular home on their property.
The McCloskeys and the trustees of Portland Place, the small private street in a St Louis historic district where they live, have been involved in a three-year legal dispute over a small piece of land in the neighborhood.
The McCloskeys claim they own it, but the trustees say it belongs to the neighborhood.
Mark said in an affidavit that he has defended the patch previously by pointing a gun at a neighbor who tried to cut through it.
He told host Tucker Carlson on Monday night that the officers who served the warrant on Friday were “almost apologetic.”
“They didn’t want to have to be there. They were doing their job,” he said.
“Patty wanted to take a picture to document it and she asked if they wouldn’t mind facing away from the camera so that people wouldn’t get mad at them if their faces were shown on TV,” he said. “They all did so.”
“They, unfortunately, are stuck between a circuit attorney [Kim Gardner] that wants to prosecute us, and their own belief that we did nothing wrong.”
“I didn’t shoot anybody,” Mark said. “I just held my ground, protecting my house, and I’m sitting here on television tonight instead of dead or putting out the smoldering embers of my home.”
“The way I view it is, when you have certain elements of society encouraging violence, [and]at the same time asking the police to stand down, what’s the only possible result?” he said.
“The only possible solution is for individual citizens to stand up to defend themselves, and I’m afraid what’s being promoted is causing citizens to stand up and defend themselves so they can be chilled and abused the way we have been.”
The couple’s attorney has claimed that the McCloskeys have received offers for free guns after Mark’s long rifle was seized.