Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who last summer made global news when they were photographed standing in front of their home with weapons aimed at Black Lives Matter protesters who had trespassed onto their private street, plead guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor charges, and agreed to forfeit their weapons.
Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, which is a Class-C misdemeanor, and will pay a $750 fine.
Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to second degree harassment, a Class-A misdemeanor, and will pay a $2,000 fine.
Both could have faced up to 15 days and up to a year respectively in jail, but neither will face any jail time.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 17, 2021
McCloskey’s Defended Their Home
The couple made international news last summer in the wake of the death of George Floyd as protests by Black Lives Matter and other groups took place all over the country. St. Louis was no exception.
Protesters gathered in the street outside their home, and trespassed onto their private gated street on their way to former St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.
The McCloskeys claimed that the crowd threatened them and they feared for their safety. Mark McCloskey displayed an AR-15 rifle, and Patricia McCloskey held a handgun.
Mark McCloskey in no way apologized for his actions. He proclaimed it a “good day for the McCloskeys,” and also said,
“The prosecutor dropped every charge except for alleging that I purposely placed other people in imminent risk of physical injury, right, and I sure as heck did. That’s what the guns were there for and I’d do it again any time the mob approaches me. … In other words, I stood out on the porch with my rifle and made them back up. And that’s what I’d do again. If that’s a crime in Missouri, by God I did it, and I’d do it again.”
They don't just want the McCloskeys firearms, they want your firearms.
Understand the evil we're dealing with.
— 🇺🇸 Matthew Holliday 🇺🇸 (@Matthew_4_Trump) June 17, 2021
Case Was Brought Against The McCloskeys Last Fall
Charges were initially brought against the McCloskeys back in October of 2020.
They were indicted on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
The case against the McCloskeys became political almost from the start.
Prosecutor Callahan was brought in on the case in February after St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Kim Gardner, who has ties to George Soros, disqualified her and her office from prosecuting the case after it was revealed that she had used the case as part of a fundraising effort for her re-election campaign last fall.
Attorney for the McCloskeys Joel Schwartz says he continues to believe that Gardner charged his clients, “for political purposes.”
Mr. McCloskey says, "The good news is we're not in front of charges now, so I don't have any problem getting myself another AR."https://t.co/3txz2fzb0l
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) June 17, 2021
The McCloskeys Not Giving Up The Fight
The McCloskeys have decided to turn what could have been a very big negative into positives.
Mark McCloskey announced in May he will run for the Missouri Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). He joined a very crowded field of GOP candidates including Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
They continue to be favorites at GOP rallies in and around the St. Louis area, and have even turned the day their lives changed into a party of sorts.
The first annual “Pink Shirt Guy BBQ and RINO Roast” takes place on the first anniversary of the incident that made them famous. It is a fundraiser for McCloskey’s senate campaign.
Rioters break and enter through locked gates, harass and threaten them, and they have to plead guilty and give up their firearms.
— Soturi (@FedSnap) June 18, 2021
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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