Police confirm assault investigation underway against protesters who broke gate, threatened lawyers

Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a wealthy white couple in St. Louis's Central West End gated community, emerged from their home and waved guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle, at Black Lives Matter protesters who were marching toward Mayor Lyda Krewson's house on Sunday night.

The white couple filmed over the weekend brandishing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters passing by their residence in Portland Place, St. Louis, Missouri, said on Monday on an interview on CBS affiliate KMOV that they acted in that particular fashion because they were afraid for their lives.

McCloskey said his family was having dinner when the protesters broke down the gates, adding that no trespassing signs were there. They're going to forget about it.' Calls to remove statues have mounted in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The McCloskeys' home, which was featured in the local St. Louis Magazine after undergoing a renovation, was appraised at $1.15 million.

When you damage private property and trespass, you cease to be engaged in peaceful protest, says nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch.

On June 29th, protestors came across two people armed with guns as they were on their way to protest outside the St Louis Mayors house.

However, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner issued a statement later Monday characterizing what happened differently and saying her office was working with police to investigate the confrontation. It was only then that the couple armed themselves and stood guard on their front lawn.

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Based on the couple's account, police labeled the incident a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation, according to the incident summary. The group of at least 500 people chanted, "Resign, Lyda!"

"I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. We were all alone facing an angry mob", McCloskey said.

Video on social media showed protesters walking through the gate.

The names and letters are considered public records, but Krewson's actions caused a heavy backlash.

The St. Louis lawyers who were seen holding guns while protesters marched past their home are now being investigated for possible criminal charges, said the city's lead prosecutor. Floyd was pronounced dead May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes.

The McCloskeys called the St. Louis Police Department shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to an incident summary provided to Fox News by the department.



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