Missouri Governor Says He Will Pardon St. Louis Couple if They’re Charged
Written by Luis Miguel
Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, suggested that he would issue a pardon for the St. Louis couple who brandished firearms at a Black Lives Matter mob that broke into their private neighborhood if charges were filed against them.
During an interview with The Marc Cox Morning Show in St. Louis, Parson reacted to news that circuit attorney Kim Gardner initiated an investigation into Mark and Patricia McCloskey. Parson took issue with the investigation, asserting that the couple “did what they legally should do.”
“A mob does not have the right to charge your property. They had every right to protect themselves,” he added.
Asked directly if he would consider a pardon if charges were filed, Parsons replied, “I think that’s exactly what would happen.”
“Right now, that’s what I feel,” the governor said. “You don’t know until you hear all the facts. But right now, if this is all about going after them for doing a lawful act, then yeah, if that scenario ever happened, I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail.”
Parson commented that he would not allow “law-abiding citizens to be targeted for exercising their constitutional rights.”
The McCloskeys are the subjects of viral video footage that shows them pointing firearms at a crowd of more than 300 agitators who broke through the gates of their private community on their way to protest at the house of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.
The couple maintains that the mob threatened to harm them. “They were going to kill us,” Patricia McCloskey told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house. They were going to be living in our house after I was dead. They pointed to different rooms and said, ‘That’s going to be my bedroom, and that’s going to be the living room, and I’m going to be taking a shower in that room.’… There were so many threats. Then, the dog barked, and they said, ‘I’m going to be killing her, too,’ or ‘It, too.’”
“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 told KMOV4.
Moreover, the couple says members of the crowd brandished loaded pistol magazines in a threatening manner.
Despite their claims of self-defense, McCloskeys had their firearms seized by local police after Gardner vowed to use “the full power of Missouri law” against them.
Parson spoke out in favor of the couple before. Last week, he said he does not believe the couple should be charged and that he spoke with President Trump about the case. Though Parson did not mention Gardner in those comments, the circuit attorney later released a statement accusing the governor and president of going after her.
The McCloskeys were featured at a virtual Trump campaign event on Friday night. They were interviewed by Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump, Jr. and former Fox News personality who now hosts a web series for the campaign called Making the Case.
“I thought that within seconds we’d be overrun, they’d be in the house, they’d be setting fires, they’d be killing us,” Mark McCloskey told Guilfoyle. Patricia maintains they called the police before grabbing the guns, although police have stated they received no calls from the couple’s street at the time of the incident.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) submitted a request to the U.S. Justice Department for a civil rights investigation into Gardner, arguing that she is targeting the McCloskeys out of political motives. Writing to Attorney General William Barr, Hawley argued, “There is no question under Missouri law that the McCloskeys had the right to own and use their firearms to protect themselves from threatened violence, and that any criminal prosecution for these actions is legally unsound.”
The senator made clear that Gardner’s true agenda is not justice or public safety, but politics: “The only possible motivation for the investigation, then, is a politically motivated attempt to punish this family for exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
Photo of Mike Parson: governor.mo.gov.
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Courtesy of The New American