The Couple That Pointed An AR-15 At Protestors In St. Louis
In the true 2020 form, there is a terrifying answer to Bonnie and Clyde, and it is “Ken and Karen,” a white married couple from St. Louis, Missouri, who turned loaded guns on a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who attended on Marched past their lavish property on Sunday.
In pictures and videos posted on social media, the couple – real names Mark and Patricia McCloskey – can be seen barefoot on the lawn. It aims an AR-15 rifle and pistol at protesters who pass their sprawling home. It should be noted that Ken wears a pink polo shirt and khaki pants while pointing at the gun.
Amid ongoing nationwide protests calling for police to be held accountable for the disproportionate violence they use against people of color, protesters in St. Louis marched peacefully through the city’s affluent Forest Park neighborhood on Sunday evening to seek resignation Call for Mayor Lyda Krewson. The protesters explicitly called on Krewson’s decision to publish the names and addresses of residents who participated in brutal actions against the police. But when protesters broke through the gates of the McCloskey residential complex, the couple apparently decided to go all out in defense of their property, known locally as the Neimann Mansion.
In pictures and videos shared on Twitter, the McCloskeys can be seen pointing their guns indiscriminately at the crowd, though it’s unclear whether the guns were actually loaded or not at the time of the altercation. At one point, Mark McCloskey appears to have accidentally pointed his AR-15 rifle at his wife when he closed his eyes to protesters.
Social media users quickly gave the couple the Karen and Ken monikers, normally reserved for eligible whites, and made them available to similarly armed white protesters who have been protesting the injustice of state houses and protesters over the past few weeks Capitals are being forced to wear masks in public. And in the hours since the pictures of them began circulating, models of Karen and Ken Chadbro as a movie poster (with a special guest “Freedom Musket”) have started to go viral quickly.
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To make matters worse (for himself), Trump tweeted a video showing the McCloskeys holding guns against protesters just a day after the president tweeted another video in support of “white power”. Proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement have labeled Trump’s actions as racist and calculated, with the possibility that it could spark a race war.
The decision to point guns at a crowd of peaceful demonstrators comes at a time of increasing violence as national justice demonstrations stretch into the second month. Just the day before the McCloskeys hit their lawn, a man protesting the death of Breonna Taylor – the black, 26-year-old paramedic who was shot by police while sleeping while never being suspected of a crime – fatally shot A man in his early 20s in Louisville, Kentucky.
Despite their apparent recklessness, the McCloskeys practice lawyers who run a law firm within their palace (now aptly named McMansion). And, ironically, according to the Daily Mail, one of Mr. McCloskey’s clients is a man who has been the victim of police brutality.
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