Missouri governor pardons gun-waving St. Louis lawyer couple

Mark McCloskey, who announced in May that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, was unapologetic after the plea hearing.

8/4/2021 5:00:00 AM

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardoned a couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators as they marched past the couple's home in a luxury St. Louis enclave last year

Mark McCloskey, who announced in May that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, was unapologetic after the plea hearing.

By08/03/2021 06:47 PM EDTLink CopiedJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced that he made good on his promise to pardon a couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators as they marched past the couple's home in a luxury St. Louis enclave last year.

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Parson, a Republican, on Friday pardoned Mark McCloskey, who pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750, and Patricia McCloskey, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000.The McCloskeys, both lawyers in their 60s, said they felt threatened by the protesters, who were passing their home in June 2020 on their way to demonstrate in front of the mayor's house nearby in one of hundreds of similar demonstrations around the country after George Floyd's death. The couple also said the group was trespassing on a private street.

Mark McCloskey emerged from his home with an AR-15-style rifle, and Patricia McCloskey waved a semiautomatic pistol, according to the indictment. Photos and cellphone video captured the confrontation, which drew widespread attention and made the couple heroes to some and villains to others. No shots were fired and no one was hurt. headtopics.com

Special prosecutor Richard Callahan said his investigation determined that the protesters were peaceful."There was no evidence that any of them had a weapon and no one I interviewed realized they had ventured onto a private enclave,” Callahan said in a news release after the McCloskeys pleaded guilty.

“I’d do it again,” he said from the courthouse steps in downtown St. Louis. “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.”Because the charges were misdemeanors, the McCloskeys did not face the possibility of losing their law licenses or their rights to own firearms.

The McCloskeys were indicted by a grand jury in October on felony charges of the unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering. Callahan later amended the charges to give jurors the alternative of convictions of misdemeanor harassment instead of the weapons charge.

Parson’s legal team has been working through a backlog of clemency requests for months. He hasn't yet taken action on longtime inmate Kevin Strickland, who several prosecutors now say is innocent of a 1978 Kansas City triple homicide. Parson could pardon Strickland, but he has said he’s not convinced he is innocent. headtopics.com

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GovParsonMO doesn’t respect the rule of law. He’s the governor Missouri deserves. Whites always cover for each other. Even the white judges are going easy on the Insurrectionists. Same state represented by neo Nazi, HawleyMO. MO must be a great state. Ok now let’s do pardons for non rich non white people who were “disorderly”

So, good thing they weren't black or this would have turned out differently. No mask mandate for our state. And a pardon for a gun toating couple whose unhelpful presence is not going away. Missouri last in everything. Every time I start thinking that I might vote for a “reasonable conservative” they remind me of why I can’t.

Is Missouri competing with Alabama in the stupid sweepstakes? If so, they're winning. Couple? St. Louis? Guns? 🤨 *scans article Ohhh!! The McCloskey's! (The old people who defensively displayed firearms on their own property as a pissed off mob marched through a private area after breaking down a gate and refusing to leave after being told to.) I remember now.

Missouri. The governor of Missouri is more interested in showing his Trumpian pardon powers to let criminals loose than protecting the people from them. The pardon should be to correct errors in prosecution where the innocent have been convicted not to reverse the sentences o the guilty

Missouri governor pardons St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protestersMissouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) on Tuesday pardoned Mike and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple that gained national notoriety after brandishing guns while social justice protesters marched by their mansion in June 2020.Flashback: Last July, Parson vowed to pardon the couple — who pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault last month — if they were ever convicted of a crime.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe anti-ra Very good of the McCloskey couple to use the Second Amendment to protect themselves. Now, wrongfully convicted Police Officer hero Derek Chauvin should be pardoned. Wrongfully terminated Police Officer hero Daniel Pantaleo should be rehired and reinstated by the NYPD.

Of course he did. They aren't poor, black or kind. They r probably a reflection of himself. America needs Pardon oversight. Once again, money talks & BS walks. Sounds like money was involved. White rich people get pardoned but black innocent people stay in prison in MO RockyMtnCat Yet Kevin Strickland remains in prison. Shameful.

'Social-justice demonstrators' and 'marched passed' is Politico-speak for 'and unruly mob who broke down a fence and trespassed on private property, while making threats to the homeowners.' This is some Kim Jong-un level propaganda, man. He is a Missouri Peckerwood, full-fledged. Shameful…on what basis did you decide?

WTH is wrong with this guy?

Missouri governor pardons gun-waving St. Louis lawyer coupleO'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday that he made good on his promise to pardon a couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators as they marched past the couple's home in a luxury St. It's really sad that this doesn't surprise me. 🤮 So defending your property is now racist 🤔? And getting a pardon means you are a white supremacy person ? But looting and burning down businesses is okay ? And if the people defending their property were non white it would have been okay ? I'm trying to understand twitter logic

As he should of. They were being threatened by a mob of BLM terrorists while in their home. Again, Missouri is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. super slanted story s3 Now do a story where GovParsonMO won't free a black man KevinStrickland after being in prison 43 years on murder charges and found innocent by the original prosecutors office

Thank goodness. They feared for their lives and home.

Governor pardons St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protestersMissouri governor pardons St. Louis couple who were charged with waving guns at a group of Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home last year. Definitely not a political favor or anything...🙄 As he should have. They should have opened fire on them once they passed through the gates. youreallydontmatter WHITE PRIVILEGE prevalent in America!

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