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.
BREAKING: A grand jury just indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on charges of exhibiting guns at protesters in a June incident in their neighborhood. Additionally, the grand jury added a charge of tampering with evidence for both members of the couple. https://t.co/DgMrS3sYVU
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 6, 2020
Now knock down their marble mansion and use the materials to construct something productive for society. Nobody needs a marble mansion in society.
— AntifaCadet🌹 (@JoeD34947571) October 6, 2020
I feel like I know them from somewhere….Right, weren’t they speakers at the RNC?
— It’s true. I’m Q. (@QisQ44153) October 6, 2020
I’m old enough to remember when NRA would have been horrified at the thought of people having their fingers on triggers while looking AWAY from where they are pointing their guns.
NRA used to be a gun safety org. Now they’re just the lobbying arm of the gun manufacturers industry pic.twitter.com/fbc8xT35DQ
— NotMyNiceVolunteerLadyAccount (@MamaFejDL) October 6, 2020
And it’s state charges, so Donald’s personal attorney Bill Barrfff cannot order them dismissed
— Howard ✡ (@HowardA_Esq) October 6, 2020
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.
Now they are qualified to work on the Trump campaign.
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) October 6, 2020
Best news of the day
— DuggieFrezh (@DuggieFrezh) October 6, 2020
571.030. 1. (4)
“A person commits the crime of unlawful use of weapons if he or she knowingly: (4) Exhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.”
— Amy Axtell (@amybett) October 6, 2020
If convicted, they could indeed lose their licenses to practice law.
That'd be a shame.
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneLaw) October 6, 2020
Mark and Patricia McCloskey shoulda just came out and exhibit hand waves. They would have went viral for being welcoming and compassionate gesture, and would have tripled their business overall. But….let's be a-holes instead, I guess.
— Russ Castella (@RussCastella) October 6, 2020
The couple, who are both personal injury attorneys, face disbarment if convicted.
They also face a possible four year prison sentence.
Spoke at the R convention. What a bad stroke of luck that people close to the president keep getting indicted, right?
— Ed Peterson (@EddieSaysYes) October 6, 2020
They claim there was trespass, but they have to provide names of protester or some kind of evidence for them to prosecute. Of course grand jury indicted, the question is what will happen in court.
— Nancy Morin (@Fannyfrost) October 7, 2020
A little slice of heaven.
— Sebastian Robertson (@Seb_Rob) October 7, 2020
Well Mark and Patricia, that's what happens to people that break laws. What kind of attorneys are you? Divorce?
— MysterC (@wec88) October 6, 2020
— Ann P (@AwakeInChicago) October 6, 2020
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.