Missouri couple emerge from their home brandishing an AR-15 and a handgun, to threaten protesters marching past their mansion in an upscale neighborhood
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both attorneys, could be seen menacing and aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their property in St. Louis on Sunday
Mark held a large assault weapon while his wife Patty held a handgun – at one point, the pair seemed to be unknowingly pointing their weapons at one another other while trying to keep off the pavement
The activists were demanding the curbing of excessive force by police s were en route to city Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation
Mayor Krewson released names and addresses of her constituents who suggested defunding the police dept
The couple, both personal injury lawyers, run their Law firm from their home, Mark McCloskey previously represented a victim of police brutality
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their property in the wealthy Forest Park area at around 6pm on Sunday
A Missouri couple armed with an AR-15 and a handgun leveled their firearms at protesters marching past their mansion in an upscale St. Louis neighborhood, Sunday.
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their palatial property in the wealthy Forest Park area 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 from their home which also serves as a law office.
Pair of personal injury attorneys aim guns at marching demonstrators. The St. Louis couple pointed guns at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters on Sunday
Lawyer turned vigilante: Mark McCloskey can be seen stepping out with firepower to defend his home from the perceived threat of BLM activists
The protesters were en route to the home of St. Louis Mayor, Lyda Krewson, to demand her resignation after she released the names and addresses of residents who had suggested defunding the police department.
They had broken their way into the gated community where the McCloskeys live.
The pair are both personal injury lawyers and run McCloskey Law Center from inside their extravagant home, known as the Niemann Mansion.
Armed with rifle and handgun, homeowners, Patty and Mark McCloskey, stand in front their house along Portland Place and confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor, Lyda Krewson’s house on Sunday. The incident ended without injury as the BLM protesters hurriedly move on
Patricia McCloskey [photo], a St. Louis based attorney stepped out of their house armed, alongside her husband, on Sunday to prevent protesters from walking onto their property after th activists broke their way into a gated community
His client, a man, who was identified by the initials I.F., was kicked and struck by police officer David Maas in shocking dashcam footage that appeared to show him surrendering.
On April 14, 2019, Woodson Terrance Police Officer David Maas was involved in a high-speed pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle.
According to police dash cam video, the chase ended as Isaiah Forman exited the car with his open hands in the air as he began to kneel in surrender when Maas knocked him to the ground before kicking Forman in the torso and head. In the initials March 2019 civil lawsuit made by Isaiah Forman in which the same allegations are put forward.
Officer David Maas was caught on dashcam brutalizing Isiah Foreman after he’d surrendered
Police at the time said Forman, then 21, was driving a car that had been taken by another man at gunpoint.
The lawsuit against St Louis metropolitan police officer David Maas claimed that Forman had ‘surrendered peaceably’, before he was assaulted by the cop.
David Maas was indicted in March on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
According to the indictment, Maas kicked and struck Forman in April 2019 while the claimant was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone, causing ‘bodily injury’ and depriving him of his right to be ‘free from unreasonable force’.
A lawyer for officer Maas argued that complainant, Isiah Forman, had ‘aggressively resisted arrest’ and ‘struck a police vehicle, narrowly missing a police officer in the process’.
Vigilante: Home owner Mark McCloskey could be seen [photo], threatening protesters with an AR rifle after they entered his neighborhood
The Patricia and Mark McCloskey [photo], are both personal injury lawyers and run McCloskey Law Center from inside their extravagant home, dubbed Niemann Mansion, in St. Louis, MO
Irony: Mark McCloskey like his wife is a personal injury lawyer, albeit one representing victims of police brutality drew his firearm and watched as BLM activists seeking defunding of police entered the gated community of Forest Park in St Louis, MO on Sunday
One video showed Patricia McCloskey, a victim’s attorney, armed with a handgun coming on to her front lawn closer to threaten BLM activists protesting police brutality on Sunday
Speaking about his client’s claims against police, Mark McCloskey said : ‘I’m glad that the law enforcement agencies are subject to the same standard as everybody else’.
Ultimately Isiah Forman plead guilty to crashing his car into a police vehicle during the chase. He is now serving a seven year sentence for second-degree assault on a special victim.
In the video recorded in front of the McCloskey home on Sunday, demonstrators chanted ‘Let’s Go’ as the couple stood their ground at their front door, patrolling back and forth.
On Monday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted footage of the couple without comment.
One video posted to Twitter of the demonstration shows Patricia McCloskey holding her gun at a protester who is wearing a t-shirt that reads, ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’
The individual appeared to be trying to get people to move away from the house at the time.
Patricia McCloskey is then seen moving closer to the protesters engaging in an exchange as some stand and argue back, while others noting that she had a gun advised other activists to move on swiftly.
Other demonstrators are heard shouting at everyone to ‘Go’ as the woman continues waving her handgun at them from her front lawn and Mark McCloskey watched from the front door with his rifle.
The couple confronted the group of about 300 protesters after they broke down a gate in the neighborhood, according to NBC News. Their home is located in Portland Place, a historic district in St. Louis listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The gated community has just under 100 homes, all built between 1890 and 1960.
‘These two premier private streets celebrated their 100th anniversary with 77 of the original 89 houses proudly standing as tributes to the owners and the inspired architects and skilled artisans who created them,’ a plaque awarded in 1974 reads at the entrance to the district.
The protesters Sunday, were en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation after she released names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department.
In the pictures shared online, it doesn’t appear that any participant walking in Sunday’s protest calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was trespassing on the the McCloskey property.
So far there has been no official statement fro the St Louis police on the incident.
However members of the Missouri bar have been reacting to the incident. St. Louis University Law professor John Amman told KSDK that the couple’s actions could possibly be classified as assault by putting protesters in fear of their safety.
The homeowners would have a right to act if they felt threatened but if the protesters were walking past their home without threatening the couple specifically, they wouldn’t have the right to threaten lethal force, Amman said.
Local attorney Don Calloway called on the Missouri Bar to revoke their licences.
‘A fellow lawyer from Missouri, a guy I know named Mark McCloskey committed an assault tonight in STL by pointing his AR 15 at peaceful protesters,’ he wrote.
‘He should be arrested and charged with assault immediately. The MO Bar should revoke their licenses.’
The Missouri Bar has stated that they are aware of the video but it was a matter for Missouri’s Chief Disciplinary Counsel.
‘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.’
‘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.’