Louis Attorney Investigating Citizens Who Protected Themselves From Angry Mob

Clay Curtis
June 30, 2020

A white couple stood outside their mansion and pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as the group marched toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation.

In an interview with KSDK, the local NBC affiliate, Mark McCloskey said that he called to the protesters that they were on private property and told them to leave when they first broke through the gate.

Watkins said the McCloskeys have each practiced law for more than 30 years have and "their practices have included, on an ongoing basis, representing individuals in pursuit of protection of their civil rights".

"They want to make it really clear that they believe the Black Lives Matter message is important".

Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. "The protesters thought they had a right to protest, but as a technical matter, they were not allowed to be there".

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Kimberly Gardner, the city's chief prosecutor, said she was alarmed by the videos and that her office was investigating the confrontation between the McCloskeys and protesters. It was only then that the couple armed themselves and stood guard on their front lawn.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, at the same time, is investigating the unknown people in the crowd for intimidation and trespassing. "There are no public sidewalks or public streets. In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white", their lawyer, Albert Watkins, told news outlets. "We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob". The video showed the protesters walking through the gate and it was unclear when it was damaged.

Amid ongoing nationwide protests to demand that police be held accountable for the violence they disproportionately exert against people of color, demonstrators in St. Louis had been moving peacefully through the city's wealthy Forest Park neighborhood on Sunday evening to demand the resignation of Mayor Lyda Krewson. Krewson apologized and took the video down.

The names and letters are considered public records but Krewson's actions received heavy backlash. Floyd, who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes.

According to Missouri state law, a citizen is committing a crime if they "exhibit, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner", according to the St. Louis American.

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