In June, St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey defended their home when a roving band of leftist rioters broke down the gate to their home and ventured onto their property. Both are lawyers. They defended themselves with their legally acquired firearms. Of course, this set off a firestorm among liberal media types. It’s as if they just ignored the weeks of riots, arson, looting, and violence against police in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May.
A couple in St. Louis defend their home with a firearm after protesters enter their neighborhood
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 29, 2020
“They were just peacefully walking past” pic.twitter.com/A3Z1QoYzrO
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 29, 2020
So I was going to ignore this whole thing because it seemed like this couple were behaving like idiots & pointing guns at protesters walking down the street, but other videos now clearly show the protesters had intentionally entered their gated property and were trespassing. https://t.co/AJcXZ4kKNf
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) June 29, 2020
The police have been unable to truly bring order to the situation. The McCloskey response was not illegal. It was not out of control. It was right. And yet, they faced the legal wrath of God from St. Louis Prosecutor Kim Gardner who charged them with brandishing. Their weapons were seized by police. Well, now Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt is stepping to stop what pretty much is a politically motivated legal action against the McCloskeys.
BREAKIG: The Missouri AG is dropping all charges against the McCloskey family.
They should’ve never been charged in the first place.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 30, 2020
Before the attorney general’s intervention, the McCloskey’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, filed a motion to disqualify Gardner from pressing charges, citing remarks on her campaign literature (via CBS KMOV4 ):
In a court filing, Joel Schwartz claims Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner should not be allowed to prosecute their case because of statements made by her campaign regarding the incident. The McCloskeys were charged by Gardner’s office after they were seen pointing guns outside their home in the Central West End last month.
According to Wednesday’s court filing, in one email, sent out before charges were filed, Gardner’s campaign literature read: “You might be familiar with the story of the couple who brandished guns during a peaceful protest outside of their mansion” and “…President Trump and the Governor are fighting for the two who pointed guns at peaceful citizens…” The literature contained links to donate to her re-election campaign.
The filing also states campaign literature was sent after the charges, again referencing the McCloskeys’ case and links to donate.
Gardner and attorney Mary Pat Carl are facing off in the Democratic primary Tuesday. The winner is the presumptive circuit attorney for the next four years.
Alas, justice has prevailed. Disturbingly, the same could not be said for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who remains in legal purgatory, as the DC Court of Appeals will rehear arguments regarding the dismissal of his case.
Citizens shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their #2A right to self-defense
STL prosecutor Kim Gardner is engaged in a political prosecution
As AG I’m entering the case seeking a dismissal & defend all Missourians’ right to protect their lives/property pic.twitter.com/kQLXOAhFIz
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) July 20, 2020