Democrat Prosecutor Officially Files Charges Against the McCloskeys
Written by Luis Miguel
St. Louis, Missouri, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (shown) announced Monday evening that she is bringing charges against the couple who famously brandished firearms at a Black Lives Matter mob that broke into their private neighborhood and allegedly threatened to kill them.
“Today, my office filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey following an incident involving peaceful, unarmed protesters on June 28th,” Gardner said in a statement. “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis.”
The McCloskeys reportedly face a class E felony, which can carry a sentence of up to four years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Sources told KSDK 5 that Gardner’s office will issue a summons for the couple to appear in court.
In her statement, Gardner declared that she wishes to pursue “equal justice under the law.”
Gardner said that she is “open” to letting the McCloskey’s avoid “unnecessary involvement with the courts” if they participate in one of her “diversion programs.” They would join a man who “assaulted peaceful protesters” at the King Louis IX statue that same weekend.
“I believe this would serve as a fair resolution to this matter,” Gardner said.
The couple’s lawyer, Joel Schwartz, issued a statement in which he called the charges “disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.”
I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.
With that being said, given the heightened attention focused on this matter due to the current political environment, I don’t believe it is prudent to comment any further, at this time, or to try this case in the media.
I look forward to reviewing the evidence and defending the McCloskeys against these allegations.
Schwartz also said he has received dozens of calls from people around the country offering to replace the weapons local police confiscated from the couple. One gun store reportedly offered to replace the guns and give them five more.
Kim Gardner, a Democrat, was elected to her position in 2016 on a platform of reforming the criminal justice system, reportedly with at least $30,000 from liberal billionaire George Soros through the Safety and Justice Super PAC.
Since being elected, she has clashed with the state’s Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt (whom she called a “Trump wannabe”) and faced lawsuits for ignoring public records requests. One of these lawsuits came just last week for at least the third time for failing to respond to requests within three days in accordance with the state’s Sunshine Law.
Schmitt earlier criticized Gardner for releasing all 36 looters and rioters arrested in the city in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. “In a stunning development, our office has learned that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by local prosecutor Kim Gardner,” Schmitt wrote on Twitter.
The McCloskeys have maintained they acted in self-defense because the mob threatened to kill them and burn down their house and even brandished loaded pistol magazines during the confrontation.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives,” Mark McCloskey said.
Missouri’s Republican Governor, Mike Parson, has said he will pardon the couple if charges are pressed.
During an interview with The Marc Cox Morning Show in St. Louis, Parson argued that “A mob does not have the right to charge your property. They had every right to protect themselves.”
“I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail,” he added, later tweeting, “We will not allow law-abiding citizens to be targeted for exercising their constitutional rights.”
Last week, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) submitted a request to Attorney General Bill Barr to start a civil rights investigation into Gardner’s conduct.
Image of Kim Gardner: Screenshot of YouTube video by KMOV Channel 4 News (St. Louis)
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