A couple from St. Louis have been caught on video pointing a rifle and a handgun at protestors who cursing, walked by their home. Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey who are both personal injury lawyers, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their palatial property in the wealthy Forest …
A couple from St. Louis have been caught on video pointing a rifle and a handgun at protestors who cursing, walked by their home.
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey who are both personal injury lawyers, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their palatial property in the wealthy Forest Park neighborhood at around 6pm on Sunday.
At one point, the pair seemed to be unknowingly pointing their weapons at one another other while trying to keep protesters away.
The individual appeared to be trying to get people to move away from the house at the time.
The couple confronted the group of about 300 protesters after they broke down a gate in the neighborhood, according to NBC News.
The protesters were en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation after she released the names and addresses of residents who had suggested defunding the police department.
An online petition started over the weekend calling for her to resign has generated more than 40,000 signatures.
On Friday night, Mayor Lyda Krewson issued a statement apologizing for her actions. The full statement is below:
‘In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook.
‘Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today.
‘While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed.’
The ACLU of Missouri issued the following statement Friday evening regarding Mayor Krewson’s reading of names and addresses:
‘Today adds to the list of things we never thought we would have to say. To be clear, it is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern.
‘It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation. We are stronger when we foster open dialogue. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue.’