St. Louis, Missouri Police searched the mansion of the gun brandishing couple caught on video last month, said the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
On June 28, protesters marching peacefully in Missouri were greeted by the couple with guns in their hands.
On Friday, officers arrived at the couple’s mansion and seized the long-barreled gun, Mark McCloskey was holding in the video.
Patricia McCloskey’s handgun in the video would be surrendered on Saturday, Joel Schwartz, the couple’s lawyer told the Associated Press.
There were no charges against them, said Schwartz.
Moreover, it would be “positively unmerited” to do so, he said.
Under the Missouri law, citizens can defend themselves when their fear and apprehension is reasonable, said Schwartz.
People “broke the law”, “trespassed on private property” and “committed property damage”, said Schwartz.
In the McCloskey’s Defense
Mark and Patricia McCloskey are both personal injury lawyers
They are civil rights advocates and support the Black Lives Matter movement, said their lawyer in another Associated Press report.
However, some white protesters threatened them and the neighborhood, which resulted in the couple grabbing their guns, he added.
The couple was afraid for their lives during that time because of an “angry mob”, Mark McCloskey told KMOV-TV.
A Long History of Control Over Private Property
Based on public records and interviews, the McCloskeys have a long history of conflict with people over private poverty control.
The couple filed a lawsuit over the mansion they own now in 1988.
In Franklin County, they sued their neighbors for making changes to a road and evicted tenants twice from their property.
In one case, Mark McCloskey filed a suit against his employer for wrongful termination.
Mark McCloskey also destroyed beehives placed outside the mansion’s wall and left a note saying that he did it.
These beehives were the property of the neighboring Jewish Central Reform Congregation.
He threatened the congregation that if they don’t clean up the mess, he would ask for a restraining order against them.
The harvested honey was supposedly for the congregation’s Rosh Hashanah feast.