Black Lives Matter protesters have returned to the mansion of a Missouri couple who last week drew guns on activists who broke into their gated community during a demonstration.
Photos of Mark and Patricia McCloskey standing outside their palatial St. Louis property armed with an AR-15 and a handgun were beamed around the world last Sunday, with the scene coming to symbolize the polarization currently gripping America.
Mark McCloskey, who is a prominent personal injury attorney, has defended drawing his weapon, saying he thought ‘death was coming through his gate’.
But on Friday, he and his wife were far more passive as hundreds of demonstrators returned to their upscale neighborhood to stage a protest outside their lavish home.
The pair were seen tentatively peering out at the protest from the confines of their balcony, in the presence of their attorney.
Black Lives Matter protesters have returned to the mansion of a Missouri couple who last week drew guns on activists who broke down a barricade and marched into their gated community during a demonstration
Protesters walk through the gate of a private street not far from the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in St. Louis on Friday
Mark and Patricia McCloskey were seen tentatively peering out at the protest from the confines of their balcony on Friday
It was a far different story last Sunday, as the pair drew weapons while protesters marched past their house
Private security was seen securing barriers outside the home prior to the protest.
Demonstrators chanted and brandished placards outside the residence for around 15 minutes before moving on.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Mark McCloskey recalled the situation that led to his armed standoff with demonstrators last Sunday.
‘My wife and I were preparing to have dinner, maybe 70 feet from the gate,’ he told Carlson.
Demonstrators chanted and brandished placards outside the residence for around 15 minutes before moving on
Hundreds gathered outside the McCloskey residence on Friday – five days after the couple brandished weapons to scare off demonstrators
Private security was seen securing barriers outside the home prior to the protest
A gate that was kicked in by protesters last Sunday was firmly barricaded on Friday ahead of the protests
‘By the time we looked up and we saw the marchers coming down Kings Highway and getting loud, we looked over the gate and there’s no police there. Our private security wasn’t there. Nobody’s there.
‘I look over to my wife and then the gate bursts open and then all these People start coming in. And then a flood of people start coming in,’ he said.
‘They are angry, they’re screaming, they’ve got spittle coming out of their mouth they’re coming toward the house.’
The married couple came out of their house armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from walking onto their property after they claim they broke their way into a gated community
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Thursday, Mark McCloskey recalled the situation that led to his armed standoff with demonstrators last Sunday
McCloskey continued that after watching a 7/11 be burned down with no intervention in a protest in the city on June 22, he felt that he and his wife had to act and they went into the home to grab a handgun and an AR-15.
‘I turned to my wife and I said, “Oh my God, we’re absolutely alone. There is nobody here to protect us”,’ he told Fox.
‘When I saw that mob coming through the gate with their rage and their anger, I thought that we would be overrun in a second,’ he said.
‘By the time I was out there with my rifle, the people were 20 or 30 feet from my front wall. I’ve got a little wall that separates the house from my front yard. I was literally afraid that within seconds they would surmount the wall and come into the house, kill us, burn the house down and everything that I had worked for and struggled for the last 32 years.’
‘I saw it all going up in flames and my life destroyed in an instant and I did what I thought I had to do to protect my hearth, my home and my family.’
McCloskey claimed that his actions had nothing to do with race and that he didn’t care what race the protesters were.
‘Here’s the interesting thing, I spent my career defending people that are defenseless for people who are having a hard time making their oracle happen, for people that don’t have a voice,’ he continued.
‘My black clients love us. The night this happened I had some of our black clients calling us, telling us how wrong it was the way the press was writing us up, telling us how wrong it was that we should be portrayed as racist.
‘This is what I do for a living. I help people that are down or that need a hand and people that need a voice,’ McCloskey added.
‘To call us racist is ridiculous and it had nothing to do with race. I wasn’t worried what the race was [of] the mob that came through my gate, I was worried that I was going to be killed. I didn’t care what race they were.’
The video of the couple’s standoff went viral with some supporting the pair’s right to protect their private property and others claiming that they broke the law by threatening a peaceful protest.
Police said Monday that people in the crowd yelled threats at the couple and that the McCloskeys would not be charged.
They added that they are still investigating but labeled it a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by protesters in the racially diverse crowd.
According to the NRA, state law does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms, but does prohibit exhibiting ‘any weapon readily capable of lethal use’ in an angry or threatening manner in the presence of one or more persons.
Exhibiting a weapon in this way would likely be a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000.
According to the St. Louis American, however, the ‘Castle Doctrine’ allows people to use deadly force to attack an intruder on their property.
About 300 protesters had gone through a gate into this closed-off community and were marching in front of the McCloskey home, which is pictured center. The family said they were having dinner outside when the demonstrators arrived