Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant and confiscated the rifle sported at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey when Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through their gated community. The video went viral, revealing them swing firearms at demonstrators who had massed outside their residence.
According to the search, it showed up the AR-15 that had been held by Mark McCloskey, while a handgun displayed by Patricia McCloskey was currently in belongings of her attorney, KSDK reported.
‘We complied with the search warrant. They took my AR,’ Mark McCloskey confirmed to The Todd Starnes Radio Show. ‘I’m absolutely surprised by this.’
There was no immediate indication that both McCloskeys were charged or arrested for crimes. Both’s lawyer, Joel Schwartz, means to meet with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s office the following week, The Washington Examiner reported.
The McCloskey’s had claimed that they were afraid of the protesters and were shielding their residence when they were seen pointing weapons at the crowd.
On Monday, both McCloskeys disclosed that the demonstrators had come back to their residence on July 3, luckily the couple was alerted in advance, and therefore they have taken one step forward by hiring a private security company to safeguard their home. But unfortunately, entity after entity said they did not want to get involved.
‘We had been informed that the city cops had actually been told to stand down, we had been told there was going to be no official assistance,’ McClokeys said.
One night before, “we started to hide all our valuables and secure the house,” Mark McCloskey told the host Hannity of Fox News.
He also mentioned, “Last Week’s Protest Was Loud but was Non-Violent”.
In the incident, Patricia McCloskey said, the couple was preparing their dinner on the porch just before dinner time and 300-500 people broke in to the gated community. They were literally within 70 feet from the gate where they live.
Patricia McCloskey also said, when they had got their guns, by the time she got her gun, the mass was probably 30 or 40 feet from them. They thought it was the end of the world. They heard people were screaming for everywhere.
She asked what the demonstrators were screaming at them, Patricia McCloskey said, “they were going to kill us, they were going to come in there, they were going to burn down the house, they were going to be living in our house after I was dead”. They were pointing to the rooms and said, “That’s going to be my bedroom and that’s going to be the living room and I’m going to be taking a shower in that room”.
‘We had a great regimen on Friday. The neighborhood authorities stood up like champs and we had our own security,’ Mark McCloskey added.
‘ Every little thing took place just like it’s meant to occur. The group was loud, yet they weren’t allowed to do anything wrong.’
At the 2nd demonstration on Sunday, the couple were seen sitting on their terrace with their attorney as private security patrolled backward and forwards.
Demonstrators shouted and sported placards outside the house for around 15 minutes before going on.
Both McCloskeys stated that their actions had nothing to do with racism, and they do not know what race the demonstrators are.
“Here’s the fascinating thing, I invested my profession defending people that are helpless for individuals that are having a tough time making their oracle to take place, for people that don’t have a voice,” he continued.
“My black customers enjoy us. The night this happened I had a few of our black clients calling us, informing us just how wrong it was the method journalism was writing us up, telling us how wrong it was that we need to be portrayed as racist.” He added.
McCloskey said, “that is what he does for a living and he is helping people that are down or need a helping hand that need a voice.”
Both McCloskeys are so worried that they might get killed when the mass came through their gate and they do not care about what race the demonstrators are. They strongly disagreed that people are calling them ‘racist’.
The video clip of the couple’s standoff went viral with some sustaining the pair’s right to safeguard their private property and others asserting that they damaged the regulation by endangering a peaceful protest.