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US: St. Louis Couple Charged With Felony for Wildly Brandishing Weapons at BLM Protesters

The white St. Louis couple who aimed weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters in front of their home last month were charged with felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon. The charge was announced Monday by Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner weeks after a viral video showed Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both in their 60s, come out of their home pointing weapons, including a semi-automatic rifle, at protesters in the street nearby. At the time, several hundred protesters were making their way to the home of the city’s Democratic mayor nearby to protest. As they passed, Mark McCloskey emerged wearing khakis and a tucked-in pink polo shirt while swinging around the semi-automatic rifle. Patricia McCloskey looked wild-eyed as she unevenly pointed a pistol in the direction of the protesters. The couple’s wild conduct during the standoff with peaceful protesters who were largely Black was ludicrous verging on parody. It was also clearly dangerous and, according to the district prosecutor, against the law.

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