A Missouri couple went viral on social media for sporting firearms to ward off a crowd of Black Lives Matter vandals who trespassed on their property and threatened their home.
Patricia McCloskey, 61, and her 63-year-old husband, Mark McCloskey, were seen wielding a handgun and a rifle, respectively, as a mob of 300 crowded around their home on its way to protest at the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.
According to Mark, he and his family were having dinner outside of their mansion in a gated community when the crowd broke through the neighborhood’s iron gates, which were marked with signs that read “No Trespassing” and “Private Street.”
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives,” he told KMOV4.
A St. Louis couple defends their home with guns as protesters march through their neighborhood:pic.twitter.com/LqzvrBSREu— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 29, 2020
“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,” Mark further told News 4.
Some of the Black Lives Matter protesters were reportedly armed. Additional footage from the scene confirmed that the mob illegally entered the private neighborhood:
In this livestream footage you can clearly see the STL black lives matter mob entered through the gate to a private community. This was not a public sidewalk. https://t.co/NeKHgTBWEu pic.twitter.com/UdYq3pGtlb— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 29, 2020
According to reports, the McCloskeys are personal-injury lawyers who have donated to both Republicans and Democrats over the years. They have given at least $4,000 to the Democratic Party and $2,400 to the Trump campaign.
Records show he donated $4k to Democratic Party and also defended man against police brutality— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) June 29, 2020
The incident resulted in calls from the Left to dox the couple. A publication that had run a 2018 piece on the McCloskeys’ renovation of their 1912 mansion removed their address from the article to protect them against retribution.
Ironically, a Twitter user named Kyle Dennis called for the McCloskeys’ doxing before he himself was doxed.
The loser who called for the St. Louis hero couple to be doxed has now been doxed himself and locked his account. pic.twitter.com/7u9UkFldBU— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 29, 2020
The couple became a hit on social media, where they have been praised by many conservatives for standing up to the mob; leftists, meanwhile, have lampooned them:
The crowd broke into the Portland Place community in order to protest at the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson, who, during a Facebook Live video, read the letters submitted by individuals who want to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department — including their full names and full or partial addresses.
This sparked huge backlash. The ACLU of Missouri even said it was an act of “intimidation”:
It is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern.
It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation. We are stronger when we foster open dialogue. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue.
However, it’s common practice for individuals who voice their opinions during the public comment portion of city meetings in many municipalities across America to be required to give their name and address.
Krewson, accordingly, released a statement later that day saying the names and addresses she read are public information. Nevertheless, the mob took out its anger right in front of her home, chanting, “Resign Lyda, take the cops with you.”
Nevertheless, the mayor apologized for the incident on Twitter:
I’d like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall today. This was during one of my Facebook updates as I was answering routine questions. Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress. The update is removed and again, I apologize.— Mayor Lyda Krewson (@LydaKrewson) June 27, 2020
A spokesperson for Mayor Krewson said she does not plan to resign. It should be noted that she is a Democrat who has supported liberal causes such as DACA:
Dreamers teach in our schools, defend our country, and work in our hospitals. They make our communities stronger and better in every way. And the City of St. Louis is proud to stand with them. #HereToStay https://t.co/Mu5DrSf5O9— Mayor Lyda Krewson (@LydaKrewson) June 18, 2020
The incident is similar to that of Olympia, Washington Mayor Cheryl Selby, a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter whose home was, nonetheless, targeted by the group and vandalized earlier this month.
“Let me be clear: The City of Olympia supports the peaceful protests that highlight the racial injustices black people continue to endure at the hands of police in the United States,” she had previously said of the George Floyd demonstrations.
Selby, however, criticized the vandalism against her home as “domestic terrorism.” That night, the same group of rioters also trashed public and private property and assaulted a man belonging to a right-of-center “peacekeepers” group.
Image: screenshot from Twitter post
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