By Fox News. A Missouri couple under fire for brandishing guns in the front yard of their home as protesters passed told police the group broke a gate to get onto the private street, and the pair say they only retrieved their firearms when they spotted “multiple” people who were already armed, department records show.
Al Watkins, an attorney for Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, said the protest was largely peaceful and the pair did not bring their guns outside of the home until two men in particular, both of whom were white, started menacing them.
The McCloskeys, he said, were hesitant to come forward with the full story out of fear that they would “disparage the importance of Black Lives Matter.”
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“At the time, their fear was, these people, two in particular, that were marching along with the Black Lives Matter protest participants – all peaceful. They were acting in a fashion inconsistent with the message being given,” Watkins said. “My clients were not arming themselves against peaceful protesters, they were arming themselves about people with a really bad motive, a motive that runs afoul of the fundamental tenets of our country.”
After the couple brought the guns outside, Watkins said, others began threatening them, unaware of the reason behind the couple’s interpreted need to arm themselves. (Read more from “Armed Protesters Broke Iron Gate, Threatened Couple Before They Drew Their Own Guns, Attorney Says” HERE)
Man Defending Home From BLM Protesters Is an Attorney Who Has Fought Police Brutality
By Faith Wire. You might not know who Mark McCloskey is, but by now, you’ve definitely seen the pictures of him and his wife brandishing guns as a mob of protesters headed their direction.
The McCloskeys have quickly become a viral sensation, sparking intensely critical and hateful comments across social media. Some critics were even doxxing the St. Louis couple, posting personal identifying information. . .
When the angry group began storming toward the McCloskeys — both of whom are personal injury attorneys — they came out of their home with guns, Mark with an AR-15-style rifle and Patricia, his wife, with a pistol. They faced a lot of criticism, even from Second Amendment advocate Dana Loesch, who took issue with the way the couple were brandishing their firearms. . .
JUST IN: St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey release a statement, through an attorney, saying they support Black Lives Matter and they acted lawfully on their property. The couple, through their attorney, says "the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white" pic.twitter.com/4zebQqSH0y
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Mark McCloskey, 63, told KSDK-TV he is actually supportive of the work against police brutality. In fact, as a lawyer, he represents victims of police-sanctioned violence.
“I do civil rights cases,” he said. “Right now, I’m representing a young man who was assaulted by the police who is sitting in prison right now for being involved in a car accident after which the police came in and assaulted him. It’s on video.” (Read more from “Man Defending Home From BLM Protesters Is an Attorney Who Has Fought Police Brutality” HERE)