St. Louis couple charged for displaying weapons outside their home
People stand on a balcony of a home belonging to Mark and Patricia McCloskey as protesters march past without in,cident Friday, July 3, 2020, in St. Louis. Mark and Patricia McCloskey were seen on June 28, 2020 standing outside their mansion with guns drawn on their private and gated street confronting passing protesters. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis’ top prosecutor has charged a white husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey are both personal injury attorneys in their 60’s. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner told The Associated Press that their actions risked creating a violent situation during an otherwise nonviolent protest last month.

Gardner said, “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner – that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis.”

An attorney for the couple, Joel Schwartz, in a statement called the decision to charge “disheartening.” Supporters of the McCloskeys said they were legally defending their $1.15 million home.

Several Republican leaders have condemned Gardner’s investigation, including President Donald Trump, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Sen. Josh Hawley, who has urged Attorney General William Barr to undertake a civil rights investigation of Gardner.

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