The couple said they don't want to become heroes to those who oppose the Black Lives Matters cause, their attorney said Monday.
No charges were brought against McCloskeys. Law enforcement is investigating Sunday's incident as a case of trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. He has also failed to distinguish between peaceful protesters, whose right to assemble is protected by the Constitution, and violent looters, some of whom were responsible for vandalism and fires that broke out during largely peaceful demonstrations across the country expressing outrage over the killing of Floyd in police custody.
A St. Louis couple who brandished guns at peaceful protesters surging down their street said Monday they were terrified of what appeared to them to be an unruly mob.
A lawyer for the McCloskeys said that his clients are "melanin-deficient human beings", who "are completely respectful of the message Black Lives Matter needs to get out, especially to whites", The McCloskeys "acted lawfully" out of "fear and apprehension, the genesis of which was not race-related", according to a statement sent out to news outlets.
"The McCloskeys are apparently very proud of their house, welcoming St. Louis Magazine in 2018 for a tour of the Renaissance-style palazzo that was originally built by a Busch heiress and her husband, but it's unclear what prompted them to grab their guns and pop out front, shoeless but armed, to confront nonviolent protesters". The protesters called for Krewson's resignation for releasing the names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department. The group of at least 500 people chanted, "Resign, Lyda!"
Video on social media showed protesters walking through the gate.
The episode drew sharp scrutiny from the same legacy media that constantly characterized anarchic militias in recent weeks as peaceful demonstrators and prompted the St. Louis Circuit Attorney to launch an investigation. Videos show some protesters attempting to engage in conversation with the couple, telling them to calm down, but others urged them to keep moving instead.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has now apologized for revealing the names and addresses of citizens who called to defund the police.
At the time of publication, it's been retweeted more than 30,000 times. "It is a sign that she just does not know or does not care".
The names and letters are considered public records but Krewson's actions received heavy backlash.
"As a leader, you don't do stuff like that". Floyd, who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes.