As we reported earlier, media was all over the story of an armed couple confronting BLM protesters who were on their property.
But media left out a very critical part of the story – that the protesters who were on their way to protest at the mayor’s house and yell pointlessly at her for hours were trespassing. Media largely portrayed them as “peaceful protesters” just walking by the house when this crazy white couple pulled guns on them.
In fact, the group of protesters broke a wrought iron gate clearly marked “private property” “no admittance” and then dozens entered onto private property, including a privately-owned street and onto the lawn of the couple in question, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who happened to be lawyers. According to Mark McCloskey, members of the group threatened the couple. “This is all private property,” McCloskey said. “There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 29, 2020
Video caught the group screaming at the couple who displayed firearms, he with an AR-15 and her with a pistol, telling them to leave.
“Once through the gate, the victims advised the group that they were on a private street and trespassing and told them to leave,” the police summary further states. “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.”
Media has castigated the couple, accusing them of brandishing weapons against “peaceful protesters.”
By “peaceful” you mean a mob of people who broke through a gate and trespassed onto private property while screaming threats at homeowners in a neighborhood just up Kingshighway from where rioters murdered David Dorn. https://t.co/0g8TSN033R
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 29, 2020
Media and those on the left instigated a firestorm against the couple with people trying to harass them, including on their Yelp reviews as well as trying to instigate people to complain about them to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the office in Missouri where one complains about attorney conduct.
But now police have said they’re looking at possible charges of trespass and fourth degree assault with intimidation, not for the couple, but for the protesters.
Police investigating the St Louis incident are considering it a case of "fourth-degree assault by intimidation" — by the protesters. https://t.co/DhxX8bEkEe
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) June 29, 2020
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Police are continuing the investigate the incident on Portland Place but are labeling it as a case of trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation.
Meanwhile, were the couple, as they stood on their own property, within their rights to point weapons at protesters? Gun rights advocates say yes. A police spokesperson said to ask “the courts.”
Anders Walker, a constitutional law professor at St. Louis University, said that although it’s “very dangerous” to engage protesters with guns, the homeowners broke no laws by brandishing or pointing weapons at them because Portland Place is a private street. He said they are legally protected by Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, which allows people to use deadly force to defend private property.
“The protesters thought they had a right to protest,” Walker said. “But as a technical matter, they were not allowed to be there … It’s essentially a private estate. If anyone was violating the law, it was the protesters. In fact if (the McCloskeys) have photos of the protesters, they could go after them for trespassing.”
So the law is on the side of the homeowners and the “protesters” who broke the law could be in trouble.
But they do have one big thing on their side.
That’s the prosecutor, if police thought charges worthy based on the facts against the prosecutors.
Here’s what the Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner immediately said about the incident before a lot of the facts were in.
Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in regards to events over weekend: pic.twitter.com/KqqFHIvL9Q
— Circuit Attorney (@stlcao) June 29, 2020
She immediately went after the couple, even calling it an assault. We shouldn’t be surprised if she tries to go after the couple anyway, even if the law appears to be on their side.
Gardner was one of the many prosecutors/district attorneys supported in her candidacy by George Soros and his goal of radically reforming the criminal justice system.