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.