Shocking footage of a couple guarding their mansion with guns went viral yesterday, and it has left people utterly appalled at the current state of our country. But now the couple has spoken out after police came up with a verdict if they should be charged or not.
Keep scrolling to find out the reasons behind their actions.
Just when you thought you couldn't lose faith in humanity that little bit more...Prep yourselves for this one folks, the response from the couple that recently went viral will probably leave you wondering what the hell is wrong with people?
We thought things would be okay because all across the country, people are coming together to stand up against racism.
via: GettyEver since George Floyd, an unarmed and defenseless black man, died while being held in a police restraint, our country has experienced a wave of anger like never before.
However, not everyone has been so supportive of the movement.
via: GettyWhile the majority of American's have been in favor of the protests, there is a small minority who have been speaking out against them.
Mostly, these people are coming from far-right groups...
via: GettySo most of us aren't too shocked.
Most of these individuals have been going by the phrase, "White Lives Matter."They have tried to argue that this promotes equality, but this most certainly isn't the case.
White Lives Matter is basically being used to criticize BLM...And the people behind it like to argue that everyone has it just as hard as black people do.
"All Lives Matter" "Riots aren't the answer" "Should've complied" "Why make things about race?" https://t.co/dMfgHMOeIP— 🥜Nutz🥜 (@🥜Nutz🥜)1591607334.0
White Lives Matter protests and rallies have been happening here in America and in the U.K...
And now, one couple, in particular, has generated a whole new wave of shock and outrage.
via: GettyFootage has recently gone viral from a protest in St Louis, Missouri, and people are completely horrified.
Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, were seen emerging from their mansion as the protest passed by...
via: TwitterAnd they were each brandishing and aiming firearms at the crowds.
Patricia could be seen clutching onto a handgun...
via: TwitterWhile Mark, even more horrifyingly so, was carrying a large assault weapon that resembles an AR-15.
The couple paced up and down on the lands of their lavish home in the upscale Central West End neighborhood of the city...
via: TwitterAnd repeatedly brandished their weapons and shouting "stand back!" at the protestors, who were marching for the resignation of Mayor Krewson.
Krewson has recently stirred up controversy after she publicly identified those who had called for the police to be defunded.
via: GettyEver since her blunder, people have been calling for her to resign, and protestors took it upon themselves to march outside of her home in Forest Park.
But, evidently, her neighbors felt particularly threatened by the march.
via: TwitterAlternate footage shows Patricia storming towards the protestors in defense, brandishing her gun and seemingly shouting "walk away!"
Professional photos highlight the severity of the incident even further.
A St. Louis couple in front of their home tonight as protesters marched past in the city’s Central West End. (photo… https://t.co/EIvDbCTWrh— Casey Nolen (@Casey Nolen)1593397636.0
Can you imagine the chaos if it had been a black couple brandishing those weapons at white protestors?If this isn't proof of white privilege, I don't know what is.
The videos of the couple's shocking retaliation were posted onto Twitter...
A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood #StLouis #lydakrewson https://t.co/ZJ8a553PAU— Daniel Shular (@Daniel Shular)1593390446.0
And, quite understandably, people are disgusted.
here’s what happens when you march on Portland Place in St. Louis, MO they’re scared of their own community https://t.co/Ng8qW1Pa6C— Avery Risch (@Avery Risch)1593390518.0
Since the videos went viral, Twitter did its thing and the couple's own law firm was identified.
@averyrisch These folks are in for a rough Monday. https://t.co/LZwN6TZTyw— Diane Schutt (@Diane Schutt)1593402134.0
The couple had not initially spoken out, but now, they have.
i took this video. this is disgusting. shame on these people. THIS is what happens when you march in st. louis, m… https://t.co/kD5UAur0Tm— Avery Risch (@Avery Risch)1593397197.0
Since they're on the receiving end of backlash, they have addressed the issue.
via: TwitterMark McCloskey told KMOV-TV that a mob rushed toward the home as the family was having dinner outside, claiming that the protesters smashed through the gates on their private street.
But a Livestream otherwise proved that the gate was open and fully intact at the time of the incident.
via: YouTubeSo no one can fully decipher when the gate was actually damaged.
In a different interview he also said this:
via: YouTube"I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned..." He was referencing a crucial point in 1789 during the French Revolution when a mob stormed a state prison known as the Bastille, which history saw as a symbol of the monarchy's autocratic power over them.
via: YouTube"This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob." Right, I know this is a lie because no one would threaten a dog. They get more respect than black folk in our backward society.
"It was about as bad as it could get."
via: YouTube"It's been both threatening and encouraging as there's been a number of people who have voiced their support but there have also been people who have made very direct threats of violence."
He also claimed he was not anti-Black Lives Matter.
@MintChipMusic They look (and are) absolutely foolish.— Maury Rempel - Tax billionaires & make 'em cry. (@Maury Rempel - Tax billionaires & make 'em cry.)1593404129.0
But you know what, now I understand why they were so passionate about protecting their mansion...
St. Louis AR-15 guy is an absolute baller https://t.co/RHrv3VKMEZ— Caleb Hull (I'm With the CCP Don't Ban Me) (@Caleb Hull (I'm With the CCP Don't Ban Me))1593404234.0
In a shocking turn of events, police announced that they will not be charged.
via: YouTubeOn Monday, police said that people in the crowd yelled threats at the couple and that the McCloskeys would not be charged.
They also said there would be further investigation but the outcome is unlikely to change.
via: YouTubeThey labeled it a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by protesters in a crowd that was described as "racially diverse."
However, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner issued this statement:
Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in regards to events over weekend: https://t.co/KqqFHIvL9Q— Circuit Attorney (@Circuit Attorney)1593454882.0