‘Keep moving!’ Wild moment lawyer couple brandish an AR-15 and a handgun at protesters marching past their mansion in an upscale St. Louis neighborhood
- Twitter video shows lawyers Patty and Mark McCluskey aiming weapons at peaceful protestors who were walking by their home in St. Louis
- The married couple came out of their house armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from walking onto their property
- Mark held a large assault weapon while his wife Patty held a handgun
- The protesters were en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home
- They were going to demand her resignation after she released names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department
A couple from St. Louis have been caught on video pointing a rifle and a handgun at passing peaceful protestors who walked by their home.
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey who are both personal injury lawyers, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their palatial property in the wealthy Forest Park neighborhood at around 6pm on Sunday.
At one point, the pair seemed to be unknowingly pointing their weapons at one another other while trying to keep protesters away.
Armed homeowners, Patty and Mark McCluskey, stand in front their house along Portland Place and confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house on Sunday
The married couple came out of their house armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from walking onto their property
Mark McCluskey could be seen carrying a firearm as protesters entered his neighborhood
One video posted to Twitter shows the woman holding her gun at a protester who is wearing a t-shirt that reads, ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’
The individual appeared to be trying to get people to move away from the house at the time.
The couple confronted the group of about 300 protesters after they broke down a gate in the neighborhood, according to NBC News.
The protesters were en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation after she released the names and addresses of residents who had suggested defunding the police department.
An online petition started over the weekend calling for her to resign has generated more than 40,000 signatures.
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey are both personal injury lawyers
Patricia McCloskey drew a firearm on protesters as walked in front of her house on Sunday
Mark McCloskey can be seen coming out of the front door to protect his home
In the pictures shared online, it doesn’t appear that anyone walking in Sunday’s protest calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was trespassing on their palatial property
The protesters were en route to Mayor Krewson’s home to demand her resignation after she released names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department
Twitter users were not happy at the St. Louis mayor releasing names and addresses of people who wanted to defund the police
On Friday night, Mayor Lyda Krewson issued a statement apologizing for her actions. The full statement is below:
‘In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook. Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed.’
The ACLU of Missouri issued the following statement Friday evening regarding Mayor Krewson’s reading of names and addresses:
‘Today adds to the list of things we never thought we would have to say. To be clear, it is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern. It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation. We are stronger when we foster open dialogue. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue.’
A protester holds a flyer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson as a couple defend their home during a protest against the mayor