Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who made headlines over the summer for defending their home against Black Lives Matter protesters, were indicted on Tuesday for unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
The charges stem from an infamous June incident in which hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters descended onto the private street the McCloskeys live on. The couple immediately rushed outside to confront the mob and defend their home, with Mark armed with an AR-15 rifle as Patricia wielded semiautomatic pistol.
The McCloskeys have claimed that the protesters ignored their “No Trespassing” sign and broke through an iron gate before threatening to burn down their mansion and rape them.
The couple’s attorney Al Watkins has fired back in the wake of the charges to accuse prosecutors of tampering with the pistol by assembling it in a way that it could be fired.
“This is b——t,” Watkins told Fox News. “Hate to say it, but the state has a lot of problems with this one. And they transcend not just the evidence, but they actually are remarkably problematic from the standpoint of prosecutorial misconduct.”
After Tuesday’s court hearing, Mark said that he and his wife were being “persecuted.” He also talked about how frustrating it is that none of the protesters involved in the incident have been charged.
“Every single human being that was in front of my house was a criminal trespasser,” he said. “They broke down our gate. They trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people is now charged with anything. We’re charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law licenses.”
Though nine protesters were charged with misdemeanor trespassing last month for this incident, prosecutors later dropped all of these charges. Though the McCloskeys are currently scheduled to appear in court again on October 14, that is likely to be pushed back now that the indictment has come in.
This piece was written by James Samson on October 7, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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