St. Louis’ top prosecutor says she’s charging couple who flashed guns at crowd marching to mayor’s home

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St. Louis’ top prosecutor says she’s charging couple who flashed guns at crowd marching to mayor’s home
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St. Louis’ top prosecutor says she’s charging couple who flashed guns at crowd marching to mayor’s home
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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said Monday she’s charging the couple who flashed guns at a crowd marching to the mayor’s home last month, further igniting the gun-rights debate.

Gardner, the city’s top prosecutor, said Mark and Patricia McCloskey will be charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon following the June 28 incident.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” Gardner said in a statement. She added that she was recommending a diversion program as an alternative to jail.

The McCloskeys have said many times they were defending themselves, with tensions high in St. Louis and other cities over race and law enforcement. They said that the crowd of demonstrators broke an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs, and that some violently threatened them.

In a statement to Fox News, the couple’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, called the charges “disheartening.”

“I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard.,” Schwartz said. “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.”

The husband and wife told “Hannity” earlier this month they were preparing to sit down for dinner on their porch when “300 to 500 people” stormed their community gate and began marching toward them.

The couple, both attorneys, displayed weapons as Black Lives Matter activists walked onto the private street in their community. They were headed to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

“[They said] that they were going to kill us,” Patricia McCloskey recalled at the time. “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, and they were pointing 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.'”

The husband and wife maintained they were protecting their home. St. Louis police seized the rifle from the home pursuant to a search warrant.

You can read the rest of Louis Casiano’s article at FoxNews.com

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