A Couple; Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who live in an upscale area of St. Louis came out of their home strapped and pointing guns at protesters en route to the mayor’s home.
Two years ago, the couple became local celebrities when they raised the curtain on the decades-long renovation of their magnificent and historic St. Louis home. This time, however, they are in the news for not the best of reasons.
“The only thing that stopped the crowd from approaching the house was when I had that rifle,” Mark McCloskey said in a interview with KSDK. “[It was] the only thing that stemmed the tide.” The couple, apparently, felt threatened by the protesters and stepped outside brandishing firearms. “I really thought it was storming the Bastille; we’d be dead and the house would be burned,” McCloskey told the station in the interview.
As expected, the video which was shared on social media has sparked a lot of reactions. One video had been viewed more than 16 million times and counting as of Monday evening. The video has gotten the attention of President Trump, civil rights advocates, and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, who is now investigating the incident.
Video from the scene shows protesters chanting “respect us” and calling for the Mayor to resign after releasing names and addresses of citizens who want to defund the police.
No one is seen moving toward the couple’s property. Moments after the couple pulled out their weapons, a black man in a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” shirt directed the crowd to keep moving. Fortunately, there were no casualties. However, but we’d love to know what you think. Were they within the rights because it was private property? or Was the couple wrong?