In St. Louis, Missouri, a battle is waging against the law… and its destruction. Soros-paid-for prosecutor Kim Gardner has decided to ignore the state’s laws and bring charges against the couple who legally defended their lives and their property form a violent mob who broke down their gate a few weeks ago.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey grabbed their weapons and faced off with illegal rioters… but Gardner has confiscated their guns (thanks to ‘red flag’ law idiocy) and has now brought charges against them.
No charged have been filed against the ‘protestors’ who broke into the property and shouted threats, holding “machine gun” mics in their faces, which incidentally, look a lot like a weapon.
In fact, many people argue that the McCloskey’s are a great example of responsible gun ownership. No one was shot or injured, and their home and family remained safe.
However, experts argue that these Soros backed prosecutors are out to actually destroy the law and the justice system, creating chaos. And given Gardner’s actions, there seems to be a case for that argument.
However, Missouri has an Attorney General who is not bought and paid for by leftist agitators, and he has “entered” the case to arrange a dismissal.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden last week said police applied for warrants but did not elaborate on what those warrants allege or who they are against. The guns were turned over to police as evidence.
“The hostility is what I noticed,” Hayden said. “I don’t want to see guns out when people are very hostile and angry at each other. Those are recipes for violence, so again we applied on warrant, there’s been follow up information and we are waiting on the decision on the warrant application.”
[Hostility on who’s side?… and is it against the law to show hostility? If that’s the case, the ‘protestors’ should have ALL been arrested.]
The McCloskeys appeared on President Trump’s virtual campaign web series Friday night.
The couple shared their side of what happened during the President’s campaign livestream.
“I thought within seconds we were going to be overrun. That… they’d be in the house, they’d be setting fires, they’d be killing us and that would be the end of things,” Mark McCloskey said on Trump’s campaign program Making the Case.
“The so-called peaceful protest kinda ended when they smashed through the gate into my neighborhood and poured into my front yard,” he continued.
Patricia McCloskey maintained they called police before grabbing the guns despite police stating they received no calls from the couple’s street at the time of the incident.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told a radio host last week that based on the information he’s received, it’s likely he would pardon a white St. Louis couple if they are charged for brandishing guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion.
In an interview Friday on the Marc Cox Morning Show on 97.1 FM in St. Louis, Parson was asked if he would consider a pardon.
“I think that’s exactly what would happen,” Parson said. He later added that based on what he knows about the case, “I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail.”
Parson on Saturday retweeted a link to the interview on his personal Twitter page. The following day, the governor doubled down on his stance in a string of tweets.
“As a former Sheriff, a law enforcement officer for over 22 years, and now Governor, when it comes to supporting law enforcement officers and their families who are under attack, I’ll always stand with President Trump and have their backs,” he tweeted.
Parson had previously said President Trump was keeping his eye on the case.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt late Monday filed a brief seeking to dismiss charges filed against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who wielded their guns as a crowd moved past their property last month.
The brief filing cites the Second Amendment and says that “the Attorney General respectfully requests that the Court dismiss this case at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Schmitt’s filing to dismiss charges comes just hours after the Circuit Attorney’s Office filed charges against the couple, which include felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault.
The McCloskeys had stepped outside their mansion on June 28 and wielded their guns after a group of activists entered their private neighborhood.
Gardner, a Democrat, said in a statement on Monday that it is “illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest.”
The McCloskeys’ lawyer, Joel Schwartz, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the charges were “disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.”
In a prepared statement late Monday, Schmitt reiterated the Second Amendment rights of Missourians.
“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine. This provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt said.
“Despite this, Circuit Attorney Gardner filed charges against the McCloskeys, who, according to published reports, were defending their property and safety. As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer, I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored—that’s why I entered this case to seek its dismissal, to protect the rights of Missourians to defend their property under Missouri’s Castle Doctrine.”
Schmitt reiterated his message on Twitter in a video, where he added an accompanying statement saying, “Citizens shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their [Second Amendment] right to self-defense.”
Citizens shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their #2A right to self-defense
STL prosecutor Kim Gardner is engaged in a political prosecution
As AG I’m entering the case seeking a dismissal & defend all Missourians’ right to protect their lives/property pic.twitter.com/kQLXOAhFIz
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) July 20, 2020
Missouri’s statue, officially titled “Use of force in defense of persons” and typically referred to as the castle doctrine, permits people to employ deadly force if people enter their homes without consent.
It also says that a person doesn’t “have a duty to retreat from a dwelling, residence, or vehicle where the person is not unlawfully entering or unlawfully remaining” and “from private property that is owned or leased by such individual.”
According to a Missouri Law Review of property law (pdf), gated communities have been affirmed in courts as being able to bar entry to non-residents who don’t receive invitations to enter.
John Ammann, a professor of justice at Saint Louis University’s School of Law, had earlier told The Epoch Times that the couple shouldn’t have aimed their guns at the group.
“In Missouri, they can do open carry, so maybe holding the guns at their side was OK. But not aiming them,” he said in an email.
In the video footage captured last month, the McCloskeys were seen outside their property holding up guns while telling protesters to leave the area. The couple, who are both lawyers, said they were in fear for their lives at the time.
Mark McCloskey later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “I believe in my heart of hearts that the only thing that kept those mobsters, that crowd, away from us is that we were standing there with guns.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, last week told a St. Louis radio station that he will likely pardon the couple if they are convicted.
Parson told the station that the McCloskeys “did what they legally should do,” reported The Hill. “A mob does not have the right to charge your property,” he said, according to the paper. “They had every right to protect themselves.”
Weren't these folks on their own private property? And didn't the "peaceful protestors" break down a gate to enter the private property? And isn't Missouri a "castle doctrine" state?
Correct me if I'm wrong. https://t.co/IKQj3aNpL3
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) July 20, 2020
Political prosecutions must STOP.
This is not advancing the interests of justice, but of the State’s partisan politics. https://t.co/ErlwgqxbnJ
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) July 20, 2020