KEY POINTS

  • The McCloskeys were pardoned last week; announcement was made Tuesday
  • Mark Mccloskey waved a semiautomatic gun at BLM protesters, wife Patricia pointed a pistol
  • The couple pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges
  • Mark announced he would run for the Senate in May

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has pardoned a St. Louis couple who made national news during the summer of 2020 after they waved guns at Black Lives Matter protesters.

Patricia and Mark McCloskey were pardoned along with nine others and two commutations that the Republican governor announced late last week, NBC reported. The couple made national headlines after photos and a video emerged of Patricia waving a pistol and Mark a semiautomatic gun at BLM protesters who passed by their mansion on the way to then-mayor Lyda Krewson’s house in St. Louis late June last year.

In one photo, Patricia can be seen pointing the pistol at one of the protesters who was a few feet away from where she was standing. The couple also yelled “Get out” at the BLM crowd, although no physical confrontations took place between them and the protesters.

The McCloskeys insisted that they brandished the guns to protect their property during the protests. They were first charged with felonies, which were later changed to misdemeanor charges. They pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges. After the plea deal, Mark said he would “do it again,” in reference to the gun-brandishing incident.

As part of the couple’s plea deal, the McCloskeys surrendered their weapons and Mark paid $750 in fines. Patricia was fined $2,000. Lawyer for the McCloskeys, Joel J. Schwartz, said his client, Mark in particular, “feels vindicated in his actions,” The New York Times reported.

During a hearing of the case earlier this year, Mark agreed that his actions put people at risk of danger. “That’s what the guns were there for,” he said.

Former President Donald Trump was among the politicians who defended the McCloskeys after the incident made headlines, ABC reported. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., also said the prosecution of Mark and Patricia was “politically motivated.” The couple appeared as guest speakers at last year’s Republican National Convention.

In May, Mark announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. In his announcement on Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Mark said that “God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob, and it really did wake me up.” Mark will run for the seat held by Republican Roy Blunt, who will not seek reelection in 2022.

Black Lives Matter protesters in New York on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, who was murdered by a white officer Black Lives Matter protesters in New York on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, who was murdered by a white officer Photo: AFP / Ed JONES