Prosecutor: St. Louis Couple May Face Criminal Charges

The New York Post reports:

The St. Louis lawyers who pulled weapons on protesters marching past their home are being investigated for possible criminal charges, the city’s lead prosecutor has revealed.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey — who went viral after brandishing an AR-15-style rifle and a silver-colored handgun, respectively — were the only ones to lodge a police report over Sunday’s confrontation, insisting they were “victims” of threatening trespassers who entered a gated community.

But the husband-and-wife lawyers are being probed by police and prosecutors for possible threats against the crowd, authorities announced. Mark McCloskey has insisted in an interview that they only grabbed the weapons after being “threatened with our lives,” comparing it to “storming the Bastille.”

The St. Louis American reports:

Missouri Statute 571.030, subsection 4, states that a citizen is committing unlawful use of a weapon if they “exhibit, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.” Unlawful use of a weapon is a Class D felony in most cases with a range of punishment of between one day to one year in jail or up to 4 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000.

The McCloskeys released a public statement through their lawyer, Albert S. Watkins, who claimed that the McCloskey’s actions were lawful in that their property sits on a private and gated road. Though the McCloskeys’ gun-toting images are going viral as memes of white rage in unhinged defense of white privilege, Watkins made the incredible claim that they are “supportive” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The couple claims that some of the protesters were armed but witnesses say that isn’t true. No video has emerged to support that claim.