McCloskey, 63, and his wife, Patricia McCloskey, 61, are both personal injury lawyers, and said they were afraid for their lives when protesters protesting police violence marched through their mansion in visiting the home of the mayor of Saint-Louis, Lyda Krewson.
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The protests were part of a national wave of marches and protests against police violence against blacks caused by the May murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis policeman who knelt around his neck during almost nine minutes.
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Videos show the McCloskeys, who are white, yelling at black and white demonstrators, who are apparently unarmed, to keep their property for several minutes. Some in the crowd record the scene on their mobile phones or shout that the demonstrators have no interest in harming the couple. Patricia McCloskey pointed a handgun at the crowd.
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The McCloskeys and a lawyer representing them did not respond to requests for comment.
Shortly after the incident, Kimberly Gardner, the city’s chief prosecutor, said she was alarmed by the videos and that her office was investigating a possible violation of the right of people to peaceful protest, said in a statement. that “intimidation or the threat of lethal force will not result. to be tolerated. ”
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The couple said they had the right to defend their property.
The McCloskeys have repeatedly sued or threatened to defend their property rights, according to an investigation released Saturday by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In 2013, Mark McCloskey destroyed bee hives just outside the wall of his mansion which were placed there by a nearby synagogue to provide honey for Rosh Hashanah celebrations, the newspaper reported. McCloskey left a note saying he would prosecute the congregation if they did not remove all traces of the hives, he added.