Senator pushes for civil rights investigation into threats to prosecute couple who pointed guns at protesters – The Sun

Senator pushes for civil rights investigation into threats to prosecute couple who pointed guns at protesters – The Sun

July 16, 2020

A SENATOR is pushing for a civil rights investigation into threats to prosecute a Missouri couple who pointed their guns at protesters.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said he has asked the Department of Justice to investigate the St. Louis Attorneys Office, after viral video showed Mark and Patricia McCloskey pointing guns at the protesters.

Hawley announced on Wednesday he asked for an investigation, as the couple expect to be indicted soon.

"This morning I have asked the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the St Louis Circuit Attorneys Office," Hawley tweeted.

"Targeting law abiding citizens who exercise constitutionally protected rights for investigation & prosecution is an abuse of power," he added.

Hawley wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr about the incidents, KMOV reported.

He claimed St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner abused her power in seizing the McCloskey's guns and possibly pursuing possible charges, KMOV reported.

Mark told Fox News on Monday night that “the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly” over what happened.

In the June incident, the couple were seen pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters as they stormed a neighborhood to demonstrate in front of the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Krewson had read the names – and some addresses – of protesters who called for defunding police during a Facebook live event.

The couple claimed in an interview with Fox News after that the protesters said "they were going to kill us."

"They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house," Patricia claimed.

Following the incident, Gardner said she was "alarmed" at what happened and that prosecutors were looking into the incident.

"I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault," Gardner said in a statement.

"We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.

"My office is currently working with the public to investigate these events."

Gardner vowed to seek justice against people breaking the law.

"Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable."

President Donald Trump has defended the couple, saying they "were going to be beat up badly."

"And now I understand somebody local, they want to prosecute these people," he added. "It's a disgrace."

The incidents came amid ongoing demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 when Minneapolis, Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on his neck during an arrest.

Floyd could be heard saying "I can't breathe" multiple times during an arrest – but Chauvin did not move his knee.

Video emerged of the incidents, and public outrage was sparked.

Demonstrators have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement and called for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

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