The case has become resonant in light of mass protests against police brutality against African Americans.
Spouses Mark and Patricia McCloskey from the American city of St. Louis (Missouri), who directed a firearm in June 2020 in the direction of protesters from the movement “Black Lives Matter,” on Thursday pleaded guilty in court. This was reported by the Fox News channel.
This case has become resonant in the United States in the light of mass protests against police brutality against African Americans. Mark and Patricia McCloskey last June pointed a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at demonstrators who approached their home as they headed toward the mayor’s mansion. Demonstrators from the movement “Black lives matter” were on a street considered private property, where the entrance is closed to outsiders. The couple said they were trying to protect their home.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey were initially charged with unlawful use of a firearm. They could be sentenced to up to four years in prison. The couple pleaded guilty only to an administrative violation. They must pay a fine of $2,750. The spouses will also not return their previously confiscated firearms. However, they no longer face jail time, as the authorities have dropped the remaining charges.
This incident gained national fame after a video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Donald Trump, who was then President of the United States. Many users of social networks condemned the behavior of the couple, but supporters of conservative views expressed support for McCloskey. In August 2020, the couple spoke at the national election convention of the Republican Party in Charlotte (North Carolina).