The white lawyer couple who were filmed pointing guns at Black Lives Matter anti-racist protesters yesterday in St. Louis, United States, justified the action by saying they were afraid of dying.
In an interview with the broadcaster KMOV4, Mark McCloskey said he was having dinner with his family outside the house when a crowd passed iron gates that had been marked with the “no invasion” and “private street” signs on Portland Place.
“A crowd of at least 100 people destroyed the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place and ran to my home, where my family was dining out, leaving us fearing for our lives,” said McCloskey.
“This is all private property. There are no sidewalks or public streets. I was afraid that we would be killed in seconds, our house would be set on fire, our pets would be killed. We were alone in front of an angry crowd,” the lawyer explained.
As the broadcaster points out, the video circulating on social media shows protesters opening and walking through the gate – which showed no signs of having been vandalized. It is unclear when it was actually damaged or who destroyed it, says KMOV4.
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Also today, St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner said that her office is investigating the incident, adding that the protesters should not have been confronted with violence, as the demonstrations were peaceful.
“I am alarmed by the events that took place over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were received by arms and a violent attack. We must protect the right to protest peacefully, and any attempt to avoid it through intimidation or the threat of deadly force does not will be tolerated, “wrote Gardner on Twitter.
Images shared on social media show the two pointing their guns – a small revolver and what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle – at the demonstrators who marched in front of their home. You can hear them tell the protesters to move on, as many stopped and started filming the scene.
According to Businnes Insider, Mark currently defends a black man who accuses a police officer of assault, while his wife, Patricia, is a member of the Missouri Bar Association’s ethics board.
The couple may have to answer legally for the act, as there is a state law that prohibits the use of lethal weapons to practice threats and offenses to other people.
After the video went viral, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, retweeted the record. According to the Washington Post, Trump retweeted the video from a TV network where the couple appeared with guns drawn, without comment. Then he deleted the publication.