Couple brandish guns as crowd of protesters march
ST. LOUIS — A white couple stood outside their mansion and pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as the group marched toward the mayor’s home to demand her resignation.
Mark Mccloskey said he and wife, Patricia, both personal injury lawyers, were facing an “angry mob” on their private street and feared for their lives Sunday night.
No charges were brought against them. Police said they were still investigating but labeled it a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by protesters in the racially diverse crowd.
The marchers were angry at Mayor Lyda Krewson for reading aloud the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters calling for defunding the police department. The group of at least 500 people chanted, “Resign, Lyda! Take the cops with you!” news outlets reported.
Police said the couple had heard commotion in the street and saw a large group of people break an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs. The man and woman said they saw people who were armed, so they armed themselves and called police, according to authorities.
Their attorney, Albert Watkins, said Monday that the couple are longtime civil rights advocates and support the message of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The most important thing for them is that their images (holding the guns) don’t become the basis for a rallying cry for people who oppose the Black Lives Matter message,“Watkins said. “They want to make it really clear that they believe the Black Lives Matter message is important.”
Krewson has faced demands for her resignation after a Facebook Live briefing on Friday where the white mayor read the names of those wanting to defund the police force. The video was removed and Krewson apologized. Her actions caused a heavy backlash.
“As a leader, you don’t do stuff like that. … It’s only right that we visit her at her home,” said state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, a St. Louis Democrat.
Mark Mccloskey and his wife, Patricia, hold weapons in front of their house Sunday as protesters march to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.