Mark and Patricia McCloskey have each been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon after they both drew a firearm as Black Lives Matter protesters broke a gated community entrance and gathered outside of their home.

The McCloskeys claim they were acting in self-defense, but St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced that the couple acted improperly and illegally.

From Axios:

The big picture: Photos of the McCloskeys, both personal injury attorneys in their 60s, went viral last month and have stirred a fiery partisan debate on social media. Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson told Fox News Monday “without a doubt” he would pardon the couple and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has called on the Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation into Gardner.

  • The incident has even prompted a response from President Trump, who said that any attempt to prosecute the couple would be a “disgrace” and suggested, without evidence, that the protesters were going to attack them and burn down their house.

  • The McCloskeys participated in an official Trump campaign virtual event last week and have appeared on Fox News.

In a series of tweets, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney office said the couple violated city law when they drew the weapons in a “threatening manner.”

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” Gardner said in the posts, describing the couple’s actions as “unacceptable.”

“Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey following an incident involving peaceful, unarmed protesters on June 28th. It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” the office said.

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