The couple even called 911 and placed a "call for help."
A Black Lives Matter protest through an upscale St. Louis gated community could have gone wrong as shocking videos from the protest revealed a couple out on the front porch of their mansion brandishing firearms at the protestors. Hundreds of protestors were making their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house on Sunday, and they passed through this couple's home, according to ABC News. The couple has since been named as Mark and Patricia McCloskey, two personal-injury lawyers, according to The Riverfront Times. On Monday, the St. Louis police confirmed that they were investigating the incident.
here’s what happens when you march on Portland Place in St. Louis, MO— avery (@averyrisch) June 29, 2020
they’re scared of their own community pic.twitter.com/Ng8qW1Pa6C
The white couple—a man armed with what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle and a woman wielding a silver-plated pistol with her finger on the trigger—stepped out onto the front porch of their huge mansion. They pointed their guns at the protestors, yelling that they were on private property. In the video, demonstrators could be heard telling other protesters to keep moving toward Krewson's home and to ignore the couple. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department also revealed that the couple (the cops called them the victims) placed a "call for help" at 7:23 p.m. and that they are investigating the encounter as a "trespassing/assault 4th intimidation" case.
People whining in the comments "It's private property blah blah blah" might need to be reminded that protests are meant to make people feel a little uncomfortable. Also, no one deserves a house that big when people are making $7 an hour. Eat the rich.— Taylor (@atw623) June 29, 2020
"The victims stated they were on their property when they heard a loud commotion coming from the street," according to an incident summary of the ongoing investigation by the SLMPD. "When the victims went to investigate the commotion, they observed a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with 'No Trespassing' and 'Private Street' signs. Once through the gate, the victims advised the group that they were on a private street and trespassing and told them to leave," according to the couple's statement to the police included in the summary.
You guys broke into a private, gated community. Given the history of violence and looting with such actions, the property owners were smart to show they were ready to defend their lives and property.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 29, 2020
"The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims. When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police." Thankfully no one was injured and none of the protestors were armed. "We do not have anything further to provide at this time," added the police officials. According to Insider, Missouri law says a person "commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons" if "he or she knowingly exhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner."
When capitalism, racism, white privilege and fascism meet:— Johannes Pieter Scheffer (@JPScheffer) June 29, 2020
Wealthy lawyer couple Mark & Patricia McCloskey free their inner hate demons @ #LydaKrewson #LydaResign protest in St. Louis, by threatening peaceful protesters passing by their mansion. pic.twitter.com/UUhiHpeGCk
People had mixed reactions to it. Cathy Mendez wrote: This looks like a gated community, that being said, the second they went through the gates its called trespassing, and these people have every right to protect themselves. If you were in this situation you would be doing the same, so keep mocking, and when this happens to you go right ahead a call 911 and see how long it takes for them to help you out. SMH. Tracy Jones added: Well at least they are protesting at the right places now. The Governors, mayors, politicians. They are all liars and corrupt. Go to all of their places. Robert Taylor III added: Why not just go shake hands and pass out water or something nice to show support?