If you’ve watched the national news any time recently, you probably heard about the couple in St. Louis who aimed guns at peaceful protesters who walked by their home this past weekend. But what you likely didn’t know, because mainstream media largely failed to mention it, was that these protesters weren’t quite so peaceful.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, protesters swarmed the gated and private community of Portland Place Sunday night to demand the resignation of Mayor Lyda Krewson. Krewson had recently received letters from the public asking for her to defund the police. In response, the mayor went on Facebook Live to announce that she would be doing no such thing. But in addition to making her decision known, she also read off a list of names and their addresses of those who had written her with such a demand.
The leftist backed media and protesters naturally were outraged and claimed that Krewson was doxing these people for simply using their First Amendment right. However, that isn’t entirely the case. Was it a good idea to read off such a list to the public? Probably not.
But it isn’t against the law either. Any letters written to elected officials, such as a mayor, are to be kept for public records, per federal law. This means that the addresses and names on these letters were already available to the public.
Nevertheless, those who wrote letters and their not-so-friendly progressive mob weren’t happy with Krewson and so decided to go to her home, demanding her time in office be done.
But the community in which Krewson lives is a private one. At the entrance is a historical wrought iron gate, with several signs making it apparent that both the streets and properties inside are not to be trespassed upon.
However, the protesters, of which the Post-Dispatch estimated to be in the hundreds, didn’t seem to care. They marched into the community, breaking down the gate and entering on to people’s private property without concern.
The McCloskey family was having dinner outside and, therefore, immediately noticed the mob rushing into the community. According to the police records, Mark and Patricia McCloskey advised the protesters that the property and street were private, and therefore they were not allowed. And in true mob fashion, the couple was met with threats, some even on their life and the lives of their pets.
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Mr. McCloskey told the police, “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. This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds, our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
The couple called the police, but it would take time for them to arrive, and so in the meantime, the couple armed themselves—Mr. McCloskey with an AR-15 and Patricia with a handgun. As the crowds of protesters passed by their home, the couple stood at the ready, encouraging the mob to leave and move along.
The protesters wisely moved on to the nearby mayor’s home, but not before many took pictures and videos of the armed couple. These were then hastily posted on social media, calling for the family’s ruin. Their address was published, as were their names and the name of their law firm.
Naturally, once the incident was made known to the public, many began demanding that the pair be arrested and disbarred. But for what? Simply defending their home?
Per the Post-Dispatch, the couple did nothing legally wrong.
“Andrew Walker, a constitutional law professor at St. Louis University, said that although it’s ‘very dangerous’ to engage protesters with guns, the homeowners broke no laws by brandishing or pointing weapons at them because Portland Place is a private street. He said they are legally protected by Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, which allows people to use deadly force to defend private property.”
And it appears the police agree with Walker. Authorities have since said that they are looking at charges of trespass and fourth-degree assault with intimidation for the protesters, and not the couple.
Just how it should be. This couple was faced with an angry mob, who shouted obscenities and had weapons of their own. After weeks of violent protests throughout the country, one of which ended in murder just miles from this very community, the couple had every right to be worried about their family’s safety and so arm themselves.