Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced on Tuesday that he had pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who were charged with waving guns at a group of Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home last year.
Mike McCloskey was seen holding a semi-automatic rifle while his wife was holding a handgun on their property on June 28, 2020, as a group of protesters passed by their house. They were both shouting 'get out' to the crowd, with no physical confrontation between them and the protesters.
Patricia McCloskey expressed that she was only trying to protect her property during the protests, with several conservative leaders such as Donald Trump defending the couple, as the couple has spoken as guests at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
A grand jury indicted the couple in October and Pearson told reporters that he was considering pardoning them after they pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and harassment charges in June. They also surrendered their weapons and Patricia McCloskey was fined $2,000 while her husband was fined $750.
"I sure did, your honor," Mark McCloskey replied to Judge David Mason when he asked if he acknowledged his actions put people at risk of personal injury.
Mark McCloskey also announced in May that he was running for the U.S. Senate, and told reporters outside the courthouse that he'd do it again, even after acknowledging he could have put people at risk.
"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," he said.
"A large crowd, a very angry, shouting, aggressive people pored through. I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds, that our house would be burned down, that pets would be killed," Mark McCoskey said to KMOV St. Louis in an interview.
"I stood up and announced loudly that this is private property, please go back, leave.
"As soon as I said that it enraged the crowd, there was then a hoard of people coming through the broken gate.
"One fella standing right in front of me, pulled out two fully loaded pistol magazines, clicked them together, and said you're next."
So as the couple insists they were protecting each other and their house, others didn't deem their actions all too responsible.
Watch white privilege work in broad daylight. It's called systemic racism for a reason. And Parson's is the grand wizard.
— CaliforniaGold (@LayneToles) August 4, 2021
"Watch white privilege work in broad daylight," one person wrote. While another questioned how it's not "state-sponsored terrorism."
What do you think?