Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a Missouri couple who became famous for pointing guns at protesters marching for racial justice in 2020, are trying to get their firearms back after it emerged the city of St Louis didn’t have them still destroyed.
Mark McCloskey, who was pardoned after pleading guilty to weapons charges, sued St Louis, the city sheriff and the state to recover the weapons and told a hearing on Wednesday that the pardons also gave right to the couple to reimbursement of their fines.
“Loss of this property would certainly be a legal disqualification, impediment or other legal disadvantage, from which I have now been absolved by the Governor, and therefore the State no longer has any legitimate reason to hold the property,” he said. said McCloskey.
Robert Dierker of the alderman’s office told a judge in a virtual hearing Wednesday that the weapons were not disposed of, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “Obviously with our usual efficiency, we should have destroyed [the weapons] months ago,” Dierker said. ” We do not have. So McCloskey is taking advantage of bureaucratic incompetence, I mean.
The McCloskeys, both lawyers in their 60s, said they felt threatened by protesters who marched down their private street during global protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Mark McCloskey came out of his house with an AR-15 type rifle and Patricia McCloskey brandished a semi-automatic pistol.
Photos and cellphone video captured the confrontation, which drew widespread attention and made the couple heroes to some and villains to others. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
The use of weapons led to charges, and the McCloskeys both pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanors. As part of the plea, they voluntarily renounced weapons. Republican Gov. Mike Parson granted pardons weeks later. Mark McCloskey is a candidate for the United States Senate as a Republican.
The Alderman’s Office argues that Parson’s pardon obliterated the conviction, but not the plea agreement in which McCloskey confiscated the guns.
Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty took the case under advisement.