The press, who are busy trying to redefine the term “riot,” quickly made scapegoats of Mark and Patricia McCloskey of St. Louis. They were the couple caught on video brandishing firearms to keep “protesters” away from their St. Louis, Mo. home during a march.
A St. Louis grand jury on Oct. 6 indicted the McCloskeys for the incident outside their mansion in the neighborhood of Portland Place, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The indictment was on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
The grand jury added on a count of evidence tampering after the Circuit Attorney’s Office in July charged the McCloskeys each with one count of unlawful use of a weapon — exhibiting.
Joel Schwartz, the McCloskeys’ lawyer, said he didn’t know details about the charges but said he’s not surprised a grand jury indicted his clients. “I’ll certainly be interested in what was presented to the grand jury,” said Schwartz, who plans to ask for a transcript or recording of the proceedings, if such records are available.
Since their encounter with protesters this summer, the couple has gained national notoriety through appearances on national news programs and by speaking at the Republican National Convention in August.
Outside the courthouse on Oct. 6, Mark McCloskey criticized the City Counselor’s Office for not prosecuting protesters for trespassing in the private, gated street. Nine protesters initially received summonses, but City Counselor Michael Garvin said on Sept. 29 that trespassing charges would not be pursued.
“The government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property and our family and now we’re getting drug here time after time after time and for what?” McCloskey said. “We didn’t fire a shot. People were violently protesting in front of our house and screaming death threats and threats of rape and threats of arson. Nobody gets charged but we get charged.”