ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ top prosecutor has charged a husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the charges Monday against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are white. Both are personal injury attorneys and in their 60s. The McCloskeys’ actions during the June 28 protest drew praise from some who said they were legally defending their $1.15 million home, but scorn from others who said they risked bloodshed. Several hundred protesters were marching to the mayor’s home, just a few blocks away. Following the announcement, Governor Mike Parson said he would pardon the couple from the charges as they were within the rights of the Missouri Constitution to defend themselves under Missouri’s “Castle Doctrine.” Parson appeared Monday with Hannity on Fox News Channel.
The McCloskeys had every right to defend their home, and I will do everything I can under the Constitution to protect law-abiding citizens in our state. pic.twitter.com/ivmZLhhCCu
— Mike Parson (@mikeparson) July 21, 2020