A Missouri couple who were shamed by leftist media for appearing armed in front of their own home while Black Lives Matter protesters marched past their St. Louis home last year have been pardoned by their governor.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced on Aug. 3 that he was pardoning Mark McCloskey, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, and Patricia McCloskey, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment, reports the New York Post.
The couple, both lawyers in their 60s, had been initially indicted on felony charges
Many Black Lives Matter events have turned into violence, chaos, and looting. The McCloskeys said they felt threatened during the June 2020 demonstrations, one of the countless marches across the country whipped up in response to the death of George Floyd.
According to court records, Mark McCloskey, who is steering his new notoriety into a run for U.S. Senate as a Republican, appeared in front of his home with a semiautomatic rifle. His wife was holding a semiautomatic pistol.
The couple did not fire their weapons and the crowd did not misbehave, but the media were quick to vilify conservative, affluent white people who dared show a defensive instinct and use their Second Amendment rights.
The couple has remained unapologetic.
“I’d do it again,” Mark McCloskey said outside court, on one occasion. “Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family.”