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St. Louis Couple Who Aimed Weapons at BLM Protestors Face Losing Their Law Licenses

Right-wing St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey could lose their law licenses as a result of their nationally publicized gun-waving incident with Black Lives Matter protesters last year. The McCloskeys were dubbed “The Ultimate Chad and Karen” by Twitter during the summer of 2020 over the viral incident outside their home in June 2020.

Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel has asked the state’s Supreme Court to suspend the McCloskeys’ law licenses, citing their guilty pleas to misdemeanors.

During the nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice last year sparked by the May 25, 2020, police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the couple drew widespread outrage after they were pictured pointing guns at demonstrators moving through their gated community to reach the mayor’s home nearby. At the same time, the McCloskeys received praise from Donald Trump and conservative Republicans, garnering them a sort of cult status among the MAGA set.

 

The couple was indicted in October 2020 and appeared in court earlier this summer. In June, Mark McCloskey, who wielded an AR-15-style rifle, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. Patricia McCloskey, who pointed a pistol at marchers, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Mark McCloskey was unapologetic and defiant even after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge. After being ordered in court to surrender the weapon he brandished at protesters, he showed off a new semiautomatic rifle on social media days later. He told reporters outside the courthouse that he would “do the same thing again” if another “mob” threatened “destroying my house and my family.” However, an investigation determined that the protesters were peaceful, according to the special prosecutor assigned to the case.

 

Mark McCloskey, who endorsed Trump in a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention last year, announced in May that he’s seeking the Republican nomination for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat.



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