Police raid home of St Louis couple who aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters
Police issued a search warrant on a couple in St. Louis, known for pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters who marched past their property last month.
The raid on Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s mansion resulted in authorities confiscating the rifle that Mr. McCloskey saw in a video that went viral following the June incident.
The search took place on the property in the Central West End neighborhood on Friday evening, according to local news channel KSDK.
On June 28, protesters at the McCloskeys marched down a private street en route to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in a nearby gated community.
Protesters called for the mayor’s resignation after reading the names and addresses of those who wrote them and demanding that they defuse the police during a live streaming briefing.
The couple alleged that the group yelled profanity and threats of harm, and “watched several armed people” and so armed themselves.
Missouri has a number of laws that can protect the McCloskeys from criminal charges. No charges have yet been filed.
However, University of St. Louis law professor John Ammann told KMOV that under these protections, you may only aim at a gun if there is a specific threat of someone approaching or attempting to enter the house. Video footage showed that Mrs. McCloskey appeared to be pointing her finger at the trigger indiscriminately and not at a particular threat.
Prosecutor Kim Gardner is investigating the incident. She said at the time, “Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those who are exercising their First Amendment rights and we will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
There was no immediate evidence that the McCloskeys had been arrested or charged with a crime. The warrant was only valid for the search for the weapons, reported KSDK.