McCloskeys say they waved guns because of ‘violent’ mob

Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis, Thursday,...
Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth degree assault and was fined $750. The couple also agreed to forfeit both weapons they used when they confronted protesters in front of their home in June of last year. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)(Jim Salter | AP)
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 2:19 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis couple who waved guns at demonstrators outside their home are seeking to keep their law licenses by arguing they were protecting their property from a violent mob.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey made that argument in their response to a complaint seeking to have their law licenses suspended. They contend some of the protesters marching past their home in June 2020 shouted death, rape and arson threats at them.

Special prosecutor Richard Callahan has said his investigation determined the protesters were peaceful. The couple pleaded guilty to misdemeanors but were later pardoned by Gov. Mike Parson.

The state’s chief disciplinary counsel has recommended the Missouri Supreme Court indefinitely suspend the McCloskeys’ law licenses.

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