Mark McCloskey, the armed St. Louis homeowner who was charged after confronting protesters who broke into his neighborhood told the “Todd Starnes Show” Tuesday that he has been living in fear that city police were going to break down his front door and use flash-bang grenades when finally arrested him and his wife.
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McCloskey and his wife were charged Monday with felony unlawful use of a weapon over the incident that occurred on June 28. Supporters of the couple say Kim Gardner, the city’s circuit attorney, is clearly motivated by politics in the prosecution and the couple did nothing wrong.
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McCloskey said he was under the belief that Gardner’s office was going to make an even bigger spectacle out of his arrest, but said he is glad that “cooler heads” prevailed at her office and believes that he will be issued a summons “sometime down the road.”
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“That’s at least the good news, I don’t have to worry about the front of my house being smashed in,” he said.
Todd Starnes, the host of the radio show, said it was stunning that the McCloskeys, who are the “true victims of criminal activities,” were the ones who were charged. He pointed out that it was widely documented that the so-called peaceful protesters tore down a rod-iron gate, trespassed on private property and allegedly threatened physical harm. McCloskey told Starnes that he remembered thinking that he was going to die during the tense confrontation.
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McCloskey said it was remarkable that before his attorney could even inform him that they were being charged, he was receiving calls and saw on the news reports that the charges were coming.
“It’s just, like I said yesterday, we’re living in a bizarro world where everything is upside down,” he said.
The criticism for Gardner has been swift. Perhaps the most stinging rebuke came from Gov. Mike Parson, who called the charges “outrageous.” He said what is even worse is that her office has admitted to having a backlog of cases—including dozens of homicides—that have not been prosecuted.
McCloskey told Starnes, “It’s apparent that the circuit attorney made the decision that it is not her job to uphold the constitution and the laws of the United States and protect law-abiding citizens from criminals, but rather to protect the criminals from law-abiding citizens.”