(Liberty Bell) – You probably recall the situation in St. Louis back in June in which a mob of Black Lives Matter protestors stormed an affluent subdivision resulting in two residents feeling threatened and stood on their front lawn with guns. Mark and Patricia McCloskey have had their lives completely upended when BLM decided to descend on their subdivision, which the couple says required the mob to break a gate in order to gain entry.
The McCloskey’s have long claimed that the protestors were trespassing and after breaking a gate to enter the subdivision, we’d have to agree. Unfortunately, there are no consequences for criminal behavior where leftists are in charge. The BLM marchers involved in the incident are getting off scot-free as the city has decided not to press charges.
Meanwhile, the McCloskey’s still face felony charges.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the details:
City officials said Tuesday they will not prosecute nine people charged with trespassing on a private and gated street where they were met by two gun-wielding homeowners.
The nine had been issued police summonses earlier this month, but City Counselor Michael Garvin said in a statement that “prosecution is not warranted” and charges would be refused.
Garvin wrote that the cases had been investigated by municipal court prosecutors, who reviewed video of the June incident, conducted interviews and examined property records of the street, Portland Place. He also said residents who are trustees of Portland Place made clear through their lawyer that they did not want to pursue trespassing charges.
Still pending is one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon-exhibiting against two Portland Place homeowners, Mark and Patricia McCloskey. Mark McCloskey was armed with an AR-15 rifle and his wife had a semiautomatic handgun. Charging documents say they pointed the guns at protesters, placing the demonstrators in fear of injury.
Javad Khazaeli, who represents two of the protesters who were charged, faulted the time and expense of the investigation.
“This did not benefit the taxpayers. The only (people) that I can see that this would have benefitted was the McCloskeys,” he said, referring to their criminal case.
The protest was not aimed at the McCloskeys. Marchers were using the street as a shortcut to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house. But the incident made the couple national figures, leading to their opening night speech during the Republican National Convention last month.
The McCloskeys have said protesters broke through a locked gate. The marchers have denied that. The McCloskeys’ lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said Tuesday that just because charges were dropped does not mean protesters were not trespassing.
“It was clearly trespassing and the McCloskeys were clearly within their rights to do what they did,” he said. A former lawyer for the couple has said Patricia McCloskey’s handgun was not functional.
Apparently, as long as you are “peacefully” protesting with radical leftist groups like Black Lives Matter or Antifa, you can go anywhere you want to go without consequence. Fortunately, the felony charges against the McCloskeys has been criticized by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Governor Mike Parson. Parson has said he will pardon the couple if they are convicted.
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