Sunday, September 19, 2021

Governor pardons gun-branding St. Louis couple

by Brendan O’Brien | Reuters

Missouri Governor Mike Parson said Tuesday he has offered a pardon to Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who drew international attention last year for gunning down racial justice protesters.

In addition to McCloskey, who is a personal injury attorney, the Republican governor also pardoned 10 others on Friday, a document from his office showed.

On June 17, 64-year-old Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. His wife pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, also a misdemeanor, online court records showed.

Mark McCloskey was ordered to pay a $750 fine, while 62-year-old Patricia McCloskey was fined $2,000. Both were ordered to return the weapons used in the incident.

Video shows a white couple shouting at unarmed black and white protesters to keep their property closed on June 28, 2020. Patricia McCloskey pointed a handcuff at the crowd while her husband held a semi-automatic weapon.

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It was part of a nationwide wave of protests over police violence against black people following the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer in May 2020.

The McCloskeys have said that they were afraid for their lives.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted the couple on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and molestation four months after the incident.

Last July, then-President Donald Trump, a Republican, said accusing the couple was an abuse of power. In a live broadcast, McCloskey spoke from his home at the Republican National Convention in August. Mark McCloskey announced last month that he is running for the US Senate seat in Missouri as a Republican.

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Governor pardons gun-branding St. Louis couple
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