A U.S. court summoned nine Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters to testify that they had trespassed on the private property of a married couple in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the protests unleashed months ago following the death of African-American citizen George Floyd.
The images of the meeting, which took place at the end of June, between the demonstrators and Mark and Patricia McCloskey traveled around the world: the couple, both lawyers by profession, upon seeing that the members of the BLM had broken through the fence around their property, did not hesitate to come out of their house and defend themselves with their weapons.
Finally, the event was only a verbal exchange. No shots were fired.
Through an email from the City Counselor’s Office, Julian Bush confirmed to Fox News that subpoenas were sent to the nine accused protesters, although he clarified that it has not yet been determined if charges will be filed against them.
Last week, BLM activist Ohun Ashe confirmed on Twitter that she had received the subpoena.
According to the media, if found guilty, the protesters could face fines of up to $500 and 90 days in jail.
Defense of private property
On June 28, the McCloskeys defended themselves with weapons against a mob of BLM protesters who broke into their property.
The images captured the confrontation as 300 protesters marched in the street, claiming to be heading for the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.
Almost a month after the events, St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner filed felony charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey for illegal use of weapons.
It is worth mentioning that Gardner participated weeks later in the Democratic Party’s internal campaign to be re-elected to her position and, according to journalist Christine Byers of local media 5 On Your Side, she received $116,000 from controversial financial speculator George Soros, through the Missouri Justice and Public Safety PAC, which sponsored her campaign.
In fact, the prosecutor’s indictment of the McCloskeys generated controversy. While supporters of the BLM, a movement that received $220 million in donations from Soros, criticized the couple’s actions, many citizens supported them as they saw them as defending their private property from violent attack.
In fact, according to the Washington Free Beacon, Missouri law provides strong legal protection for property owners who defend their private property with firearms.
Curbing the plans of the radical left
The significance of the McCloskey case won the audience over at the Republican National Convention held in late August. In their speech, shown on the screens, the St. Louis couple affirmed their Second Amendment right to defend themselves.
“The radicals are not content just marching in the streets,” Mark McCloskey said. “They want to walk the halls of Congress. They want power. This is Joe Biden’s party,” he said referring to the Nov. 3 presidential election.
According to Fox News, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R), has already said he will likely pardon the McCloskeys if they are convicted.