Trump shares video of armed white couple confronting protesters

  • Trump shares video of armed white couple confronting protesters

Trump shares video of armed white couple confronting protesters

Just one day before the McCloskeys emerged onto their front lawn, a man protesting the death of Breonna Taylor - the Black 26-year-old EMT who was shot dead by police as she slept without ever being suspected of a crime - was fatally shot by a man in his early 20s in Louisville, Kentucky.

On Sunday, the group of about 500 protesters were marching towards Krewson's home to demand her resignation.

Mark McCloskey told KMOV-TV that he and wife, who are personal injury lawyers, were facing an "angry mob" on their private street and feared for their lives Sunday night. The protesters called for Krewson's resignation for releasing the names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department. They told arriving officers that they heard a "commotion", then "observed a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with "No Trespassing" and "Private Street" signs".

"I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it".

"We were threatened with our lives", Mark McCloskey said, claiming one of the protesters was armed.

Mark McCloskey, 63, who lives in the mansion with his wife, Patricia McCloskey, said they feared for their lives and that protesters damaged a wrought-iron gate at an entrance to the wealthy neighborhood. Police said people in the crowd yelled threats at the couple.

"The peaceful protesters were not the subject of scorn or disdain by the McCloskeys", the couple's attorney, Albert S. Watkins, told CNN.

"I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault", St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner tweeted Monday, adding that her office is investigating.

Watkins said the McCloskeys have each practiced law for more than 30 years and "their practices have included, on an ongoing basis, representing individuals in pursuit of protection of their civil rights".

Anders Walker, a professor at the St. Louis University School of Law, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the castle doctrine in the state allows the couple to defend their property on a private street.

"This is all private property", he said in an interview with KMOV4 local news. He described the castle doctrine as a "force field" that "indemnifies you, and you can even pull the trigger in Missouri".

Yung said homeowners can use deadly force to repel an unlawful entry only if they reasonably think such force is needed to defend themselves from the imminent use of unlawful force.