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St. Louis Couple Seen Waving Guns at Black Lives Matter Protesters Will Appear at GOP Convention

The couple from St. Louis who waved guns as Black Lives Matter demonstrators trespassed on a private street will partake in the Republican National Convention next week.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey will endorse President Donald Trump for reelection and will appear on the RNCs virtual program, said the Trump campaign. They were previously featured in a Trump campaign-related event.

Joel Schwartz, one of the lawyers for Mark and Patricia McCloskey, told NPR on Tuesday the couple will speak. Its not clear what day.

Albert Watkins, another lawyer for the McCloskeys, told NPR that there has been “ongoing contact with the White House.” Watkins said they will be joining through a video link.

The pair face felony charges after brandishing firearms when protesters marched through the couples neighborhood to Democratic St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewsons house.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, launched an investigation into the couple last month over the incident. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, also vowed to pardon the couple if they are convicted.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest,” she said in a statement at the time.

The couple, via attorneys, said they armed themselves because they felt threatened by the protesters. Video footage of the incident went viral.

Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey
Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, stand in front their house along Portland Place to confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewsons house in the Central West End of St. Louis, Mo., on June 28, 2020. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

“I didnt care what color they were,” Mark McCloskey told CNN about the demonstration that happened in late June. “I didnt care what their motivation was. I was frightened. I was assaulted.”

He also said that demonstrators yelled obscenities and threatened them. According to a police report obtained by the Epoch Times, “When the victims observed multRead More From Source

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