St. Louis prosecutors will NOT prosecute nine people charged with breaking into the home of a couple with guns aimed at them
- St. Louis prosecutors will not prosecute nine people accused of violating the private property of a couple with guns aimed at them
- Deputy City Councilor Michael Garvin said prosecutors investigated each case by reviewing a number of videos, documents and interviews
- All charges have been dropped
- Mark and Patricia McCloskey, neighborhood residents face a felony for illegal use of weapons
- The couple made headlines when Mark was seen armed with an AR-1
- The protesters were on their way to the house of St. Louis Mayor Lida Crewson
Nine people accused of violating offenses following a racial injustice protest in a private St. Louis neighborhood in June will not be prosecuted, city officials said Tuesday.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who live in the neighborhood, are confronting the protesters with guns and accused of illegal use of weapons, a crime.
The nine protesters received quotes earlier this month.
On June 28, several hundred protesters marched on a private street where the mansion of the McCloskey Renaissance Palace is located.
Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey drew their firearms at protesters, including a man holding a video camera and microphone, as they entered their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lida Crewson.
It was not clear why only nine of the 300 protesters were summoned.
Deputy City Councilor Michael Garvin said in a statement Tuesday that prosecuting allegations of violating the law “is not justified”.
“After considering all the factors, the city councilor decided that criminal prosecution is not guaranteed against these specific persons. After reaching that conclusion, all charges were dropped, Garvin said.
Municipal prosecutors viewed videos, conducted interviews and reviewed property records of the incident.
Gardner said residents who are trustees of the neighborhood, Portland Place, do not want to pursue a violation of the law.
It was not clear why only nine of the 300 protesters were summoned
Patricia McCloskey described how the protesters “broke an iron fence” before “trying to set fire to the mayor’s house”
Protesters gathered in front of the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey during a protest against racial inequality in St. Louis, Missouri
Protester Oun Ash tweeted earlier this month that the allegations were not justified. The charges have since been dropped
The couple made headlines when Mark McCloskey was seen armed with an AR-15 rifle and his wife with a semi-automatic pistol during a confrontation with marchers passing by their home.
The marchers used the street to reach Mayor Lida Crewson’s house.
Armed with an AR-15 rifle and a semi-automatic pistol, McCloskeys became national figures for conservative Republicans and gun rights defenders after the confrontation and delivered a speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention last month.
Their lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said Tuesday that the protesters had clearly violated the government and that McCloskey “were clearly entitled to do what they did.”
President Donald Trump and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson have criticized the allegations against McCloskeys.
Parson said he would pardon the couple if convicted.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey have been seen confronting protesters marching to the house of St. Louis Mayor Lida Crewson on June 28.