St. Louis couple who waved guns at protesters will appear at Republican National Convention

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The St. Louis couple who waved firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home in June will appear virtually at next week’s Republican National Convention to express their support for President Donald Trump.A Trump adviser on Monday confirmed the participation of Patricia and Mark McCloskey. The news was first reported by The Washington Post.The McCloskeys have claimed they were protecting themselves from protesters marching on their private street, but they were each charged by a local prosecutor with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Above video: Armed couple in St. Louis video says they were facing ‘angry mob’Trump has been critical of their treatment and has spoken out in defense of the couple.Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief asking that the charges be dismissed under the state’s “castle doctrine,” which allows homeowners to protect their property with deadly force if necessary. Republican Gov. Mike Parson has said he will likely pardon the couple.The demonstration on June 28 was among many in St. Louis and across the country in the nearly two months since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.A police report said the couple heard a commotion and saw people break an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs. A protest leader, the Rev. Darryl Gray, says the gate was open and protesters didn’t damage it.The probable statement said that after Mark McCloskey came out with his rifle, his wife emerged, yelling at protesters to “go” and pointing her gun at them. Protesters feared “being injured due to Patricia McCloskey’s finger being on the trigger, coupled with her excited demeanor,” the statement said.Parson defended the McCloskeys.“If you had a mob coming toward us, whether they tore down a gate or not, when they come on your property, they don’t have a right to do that in an aggressive manner,” Parson previously said on “The Sean Hannity Show” on Fox News.A Democratic lawmaker who was at the protest said in a previous statement that no one stepped onto the McCloskeys’ property or threatened them.“Contrary to what Gov. Parson said … on The Hannity Show, we were not some bloodthirsty, rampaging mob,” state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge said. “We practiced peaceful civil disobedience and had the threat of violence imposed upon us. His dishonest hypocrisy about the events of that night show he has no interest actual justice, only in exploiting this situation to mobilize his base.”

The St. Louis couple who waved firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home in June will appear virtually at next week’s Republican National Convention to express their support for President Donald Trump.

A Trump adviser on Monday confirmed the participation of Patricia and Mark McCloskey. The news was first reported by The Washington Post.

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The McCloskeys have claimed they were protecting themselves from protesters marching on their private street, but they were each charged by a local prosecutor with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Above video: Armed couple in St. Louis video says they were facing ‘angry mob’

Trump has been critical of their treatment and has spoken out in defense of the couple.

Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief asking that the charges be dismissed under the state’s “castle doctrine,” which allows homeowners to protect their property with deadly force if necessary. Republican Gov. Mike Parson has said he will likely pardon the couple.

The demonstration on June 28 was among many in St. Louis and across the country in the nearly two months since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

A police report said the couple heard a commotion and saw people break an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs. A protest leader, the Rev. Darryl Gray, says the gate was open and protesters didn’t damage it.

The probable statement said that after Mark McCloskey came out with his rifle, his wife emerged, yelling at protesters to “go” and pointing her gun at them. Protesters feared “being injured due to Patricia McCloskey’s finger being on the trigger, coupled with her excited demeanor,” the statement said.

Parson defended the McCloskeys.

“If you had a mob coming toward us, whether they tore down a gate or not, when they come on your property, they don’t have a right to do that in an aggressive manner,” Parson previously said on “The Sean Hannity Show” on Fox News.

A Democratic lawmaker who was at the protest said in a previous statement that no one stepped onto the McCloskeys’ property or threatened them.

“Contrary to what Gov. Parson said … on The Hannity Show, we were not some bloodthirsty, rampaging mob,” state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge said. “We practiced peaceful civil disobedience and had the threat of violence imposed upon us. His dishonest hypocrisy about the events of that night show he has no interest actual justice, only in exploiting this situation to mobilize his base.”


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