Mark and Patricia McCloskey were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury for their actions of self defense during the June incident when an angry mob protesting St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson broke through their gate and trespassed onto their property:
A grand jury indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey Tuesday on charges of exhibiting guns at protesters in a June incident in their neighborhood and added a charge of tampering with evidence for both members of the couple.
The McCloskeys made national news when they pointed guns at protesters from the lawn of their home on Portland Place on June 28. A search warrant was served Friday night.
Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, said he wasn’t surprised by the indictment, saying the grand jury didn’t have all the facts.
“Once all the facts are out, it will be clear the McCloskeys committed no crime whatsoever,” Schwartz said. “Frankly because the grand jury is not an adversarial process and defense counsel are not allowed in there and I have no idea what was stated to the grand jury and what law was given to the grand jury.”
They noted how they had called for police, stretched thin at the height of riots and protests engulfing the city, and waited for three hours before law enforcement arrived. In the meantime, they were left to defend themselves. We discuss the charges, the political nature of their prosecution, and how self defense is under attack in Biden’s America.
I’ve written previously about how the St. Louis Circuit Attorney asked for the crime lab to render operable the pistol in question, held by Patricia McCloskey in the video, as it had been made inoperable due to its use as a courtroom prop prior.
The vindictive prosecution of this case and protection of destructive and threatening rioters by the city prosecutor is further damaging to an already hurting city. Here is my previous coverage of the story, including links to interviews with both the McCloskeys and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt: