Looks like the left got hold of St Louis powers that be after all- police served a search warrant on Mark and Patricia McCloskey, and seized Mark’s AR-15 on Friday night. The couple advised police that their attorney had the pistol, which was turned over to St Louis police on Saturday.
BREAKING: Sources tell Five On Your Side police seized one of the weapons, the rifle, from the couple and they told police their attorney has the pistol seen in photos. https://t.co/MMUWIz7iJs
— KSDK News (@ksdknews) July 11, 2020
Absolutely insane. A rage mob broke through a gate and trespassed while screaming threats at property owners. We are at the point where politically-motivated state officials are stripping citizens of rights and property without due process. https://t.co/ZYSFQCSbga
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 11, 2020
Late Friday evening 5 On Your Side confirmed attorney Al Watkins was no longer representing the McCloskeys, and that attorney Joel Schwartz had taken over. Schwartz confirmed a search warrant was issued at 8 p.m. Friday night, but would not say what was taken from the home. Schwartz also said he does not know where the handgun is.
Schwartz told 5 On Your Side he does not believe charges are warranted against the McCloskeys and that he hopes to meet with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office next week, but that there is no official appointment at this time.
The pistol was transferred to the custody of St Louis police via their first attorney, Al Watkins, on Saturday, July 11.
Watch: McCloskey’s lawyer transfers their handgun to police https://t.co/UuSlqTleg8
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) July 11, 2020
We previously reported that the couple had no help at the time of their incident, and that the mob had threatened to come back. They did, but by then the McCloskeys’ were able to obtain assistance from a private security firm so the scene remained peaceful. They also boarded up the front of their home (as you can see in the featured photo).
It turns out that Patricia’s pistol was inoperable and apparently had been prior to the original incident on June 28. Watkins decision to hold the pistol as evidence in a possible court case would have made him a witness, so the couple retained a new attorney.
Watkins said,”It was my duty and obligation to make sure that evidence was preserved to maintain the integrity of the defense of Mr. and/or Mrs. McCloskey in the event, in what I believe the highly unlikely event, of any charges being brought.”
Kim Gardner, Circuit Attorney (alias prosecutor) said the first amendments rights of the protesters must be upheld. Never mind the threats of the mob against the couple.
It is unknown if Gardner will file charges against the couple, but the fact that their weapons (one inoperable) were seized is concerning. Twelve Republican lawmakers penned a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, to say that any charges Gardner might file against the McCloskey’s would have a chilling effect on the nation.
Fox News reported,
At this crucial time in history, our nation needs the Department of Justice to exert strong leadership to ensure that none of our constitutional protections are eroded by mob rule,” the lawmakers wrote in part to Barr. “Charges against this couple will have a chilling effect on the entire nation, sending the message that American citizens no longer have the right to protect themselves at their own homes.”
Signing the letter were U.S. Reps. Louis Gohmert of Texas; Mo Brooks of Alabama; Greg Steube of Florida; Brian Babin of Texas; Paul Gosar of Arizona; Alex Mooney of West Virginia; Andy Harris of Maryland; Ted Budd of North Carolina; Steve King of Iowa; Steve Watkins of Kansas; Jody Hice of Georgia; and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
According to Fox, the police wanted the pistol in their custody to prove it was actually inoperable as the McCloskeys and their attorney claimed. Why they confiscated the rifle is unclear.
Featured photo: screenshot via Fox News