St. Louis man in viral standoff with BLM protesters praises armed Louisville diner: ‘That guy’s a champion’
EXCLUSIVE: The St. Louis man, who went viral last summer after he and his wife put an armed vigil on their lawns as Black Lives Matter protesters marched through their apartment building, praises the Kentucky dinner that was gun in hand stops as he was surrounded by screaming protesters outside a restaurant Saturday.
“He has my tremendous respect,” Mark McCloskey told Fox News on Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve been saying for 10 months that everyone has to do this. They have to stand up for their rights and not be bullied – and that’s what the second amendment is for.”
The video of the standoff in Louisville shows a group of armed demonstrators, some carrying rifles and tactical vests and holstered pistols and arguing with two armed guests. It happened in a tense altercation outside of La Chasse, an upscale European-style restaurant, shortly after the Kentucky Derby.
Images of the standoff immediately led to comparisons with the McCloskey incident in a suburb of St. Louis.
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“I think if you sit there and have a good lunch and people storm in and are armed, you have the right to stand up and defend yourself,” McCloskey said.
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A La Chasse employee called 911 on Saturday to report that several armed protesters had entered the restaurant’s property, police said.
Videos of the incident show a white-haired man holding a gun across from protesters during an altercation. Numerous other people appear to be carrying firearms, including some in tactical vests who have been seen exchanging words with the diner.
And a protester can be seen instructing others to move down the block before the tensions cool down – while carrying a pink pistol attached to her hip.
A shortened video of the encounter, showing less armed protesters, their rifles or the pistol of the second restaurant, went viral on Twitter.
Patricia and Mark McCloskey draw their firearms at protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri
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In the longer video, the diner is facing three white men with long weapons. At least two of them carry tactical vests and holstered pistols. Little is heard of their conversation beyond the shouting.
It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the stalemate. A Louisville police spokeswoman told Fox News Tuesday that “both patrons and protesters waved guns,” but the department did not respond to requests for more information. No injuries were reported.
One of the guests declined to comment on the story and the other did not immediately respond to Fox News.
Images of the stalemate immediately led to comparisons with the McCloskey incident in a suburb of St. Louis.
McCloskey and his wife Patricia went viral last summer after a crowd of BLM protesters struck and swam through the iron gate to their private community, ignoring the “No Trespassing” sign.
Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey draw their firearms at protesters as they walk into their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Both are personal injury attorneys in their sixties. They armed themselves, went to their front yard and asked the demonstrators to get off their private property, which they claimed was self-defense.
St. Louis District Attorney Kim Gardner later charged them both with the illegal use of guns.
A judge then removed the case from Gardner’s office and placed it in the hands of a special prosecutor because of an apparent conflict of interest. News broke on Wednesday that she would face disciplinary proceedings for alleged misconduct in 2019 during an investigation into former Republican Governor Eric Greitens. She runs the risk of losing her statutory license.
The McCloskeys are due to be tried in November.
They have offered their support and advice to the guests who saw the Louisville incident after they dealt with the culture undoing and mob threats on their own.
“Boy, this guy’s a champ,” said McCloskey. “He’s got a hell of a lot of courage, and I wish everyone else in the country would get up and not sit it down.”
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He said he was concerned that the government would no longer protect citizens from violent protests – and neither would the mainstream media.
“The media mob will kill you if the armed mob doesn’t,” he said.