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That Gun-Toting St. Louis Couple Was Just Indicted By A Grand Jury On Weapons And Evidence Tampering Charges

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A St. Louis grand jury returned an indictment against Mark and Patricia McCloskey—the couple who brandished firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters walking past their house in June.

The protesters were headed to the mayor’s home down the street for a demonstration.

The couple were subsequently invited to speak at the Republican National Convention.

The McCloskeys were charged with exhibiting guns at protesters as well as tampering with evidence.

The video footage from June showed the McCloskeys brandishing a handgun and a semi-automatic weapon at protestors while hurling expletives.

Mark McCloskey said he believed he was “doing no more than exercising our 2nd Amendment rights.”

“The government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property, and our family, and now we’re getting [dragged] here time after time after time, and for what?” 

Few people agreed with McCloskey’s version of reality, however. 

The couple, who are both personal injury attorneys, face disbarment if convicted.

They also face a possible four year prison sentence.

The McCloskey’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, seems optimistic his clients will get off scot-free in the end.

“Once all the facts are out, it will be clear the McCloskeys committed no crime whatsoever…”

“Frankly because the grand jury is not an adversarial process and defense counsel are not allowed in there and I have no idea what was stated to the grand jury and what law was given to the grand jury.”

However, as the crime is on a widely seen viral video, Schwartz’s words seem naively optimistic.

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