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Mark and Patricia McCloskey slammed the “powers that be” on the left and the felony charges against them for having the “audacity” to exercise their Constitutional rights.
The St. Louis couple who stood armed on their own property back in June to protect it from protesters who had broken into their neighborhood were indicted Tuesday on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro slammed the “political prosecution” and the McCloskeys condemned the latest development in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
The efforts against them and the grand jury indictment are an attempt to “intimidate people, to warn people out there that if you stand up for yourself, exercise your Second Amendment rights, we’re going to punish you,” Mark McCloskey said on “Hannity” Tuesday.
“Not the mob, not the criminals – but we’re going to punish you, law-abiding citizens for trying to defend yourselves,” he said.
(Source: Fox News)
Despite the rioting and violent demonstrations by leftists over the last few months, it is homeowners like the McCloskeys, who are both attorneys, who have been targeted in what has been called out as a politically motivated legal case.
“Every inch of our neighborhood is private property,” Mark McCloskey told Hannity, noting that the protesters broke through an iron gate, and ignored several “No Trespassing” signs that night in June. “They were armed, they were dangerous and they were intentionally threatening.”
The couple explained how they were threatened by the crowd, who shouted about arson and rape, as they stood their ground holding their legally-owned weapons to protect themselves in what Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, ahs called a peaceful protest.
Mark McCloskey noted how they have “not seen the charging documents” and are at a loss about why the grand jury added the tampering with evidence charge against them. Their attorney Al Watkins had slammed the prosecutors in the case, accusing them of being the ones to tamper with the pistol.
“This is b——t,” he told Fox News. “Hate to say it, but the state has a lot of problems with this one. And they transcend not just the evidence, but they actually are remarkably problematic from the standpoint of prosecutorial misconduct.”
McCloskey told Hannity that he and his wife were not even aware of the grand jury charges, nor was their attorney, until their daughter called to say she heard about it in the media.
“We were in court this morning, Sean, and at that point we were told there were no charges,” he said. “The powers that be, the left, leaks the information they want before you actually see it.”
Although nine of the protesters were charged last month with misdemeanor trespassing, all of the charges were dropped later by the city counselor’s office.
“The bottom line is, if you have the gall, if you have the audacity to try to protect yourself, to exercise your Second Amendment rights, that’s an unforgivable crime to the left because you’re supposed to have mindless obedience,” McCloskey said. “You’re not supposed to challenge them.”
After Tuesday’s hearing, McCloskey had expressed his frustration outside of the courthouse.
“Every single human being that was in front of my house was a criminal trespasser,” he said. “They broke down our gate. They trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people is now charged with anything. We’re charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law licenses.”
The host of Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” told colleague Tucker Carlson on Tuesday that the case against the couple is being brought by a “renegade prosecutor.”
(Source: Fox News)
“Make no mistake, these people were threatening to burn the home, to move into the home, to kill the McCloskeys,” Pirro said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday, reacting to the grand jury indictment.
“They had no other choice and they had the right to defend themselves,” she said of the homeowners.
“And in the end, based upon what happened here, the indictment of these two is a total shock and violation, I think, of their constitutional rights,” Pirro added. “They’re telling the country that you protesters can do whatever you want, you can burn things down, you’ll get away with it because we’re not going to prosecute you. We are finding prosecutors who are pro-criminal and anti-law enforcement – and that is an upside down world.”