One of “Summer of 2020” viral videos included the lawyer couple pointing an AR and handgun at Black Lives Matter protestors that approached their living quarters.
One of the most infamous videos to come out of that Summer was of St. Louis lawyer couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey. The pair were visibly armed with an assault rifle and handgun, as they approached Black Lives Matters protestors on their way to the Mayor’s house, and threatened them. The video and photos of the incident that followed evoked strong reactions from both sides of the racial debate, though it seems Missouri Governor Mike Parson sympathized with the couple this week, in pardoning them for the related misdemeanors they ended up pleading guilty to.
“Today we are incredibly thankful that Governor Mike Parson righted this wrong and granted us pardons,” Mark McCloskey said as he left the courthouse. He had plead guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a $750 fine and Patricia McCloskey plead guilty to misdemeanor harassment with a fine of $2000. The coupe and their legal team claim that the protestors were intent on harming the couple and their home, though Missouri prosecutor Richard Callahan reported that his investigation found the protestors were nothing but peaceful.
Still, McCloskey has no doubt he would act the same way again if the situation arose. “Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family,” McCloskey said on the courthouse steps.
This is Mark and Patricia McCloskey, lawyers in St Louis, reacting to protesters walking by their home by pointing guns and threatening them.
This is illegal, antagonistic, and racist.
Why hasn’t the @SLMPD charged them?
If they were Black, arrests would’ve already been made. pic.twitter.com/C0uMhksVtv
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) June 29, 2020
The couple received widespread support from republicans and guns rights activists across the country, including former President Donald Trump. They spoke at the Republican National Convention later that year to defend their actions. Last June, their lawyer told the NY Post that they considered themselves “longtime civil rights activists” despite their violent encounter with protestors.