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  • A St. Louis prosecutor is investigating whether the couple that stood outside their mansion aiming guns at protestors broke the law. 
  • Mark and Patricia McCloskey were caught on video carrying what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle with an extended magazine and a handgun.
  • The protestors were marching to a demonstration outside the St. Louis mayor's house.
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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, married personal injury lawyers, garnered national attention Monday when a disturbing video showing them standing outside of their St. Louis mansion aiming guns at Black Lives Matter protesters started trending online.

Mark McCloskey, barefoot in an open-collar pink golf shirt, was seen carrying what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle with an extended magazine. His wife held a small handgun.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner tweeted on Monday that her office is investigating whether the couple broke any laws.

"My office is currently working with the public and police to investigate these events," she wrote. "Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable."

—Kimberly Gardner (@StLouisCityCA) June 29, 2020

An incident report from Sunday night, provided to Insider by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, indicated that an unnamed 63-year-old white male and a 61-year-old white female called police reporting that a group tried to break an iron gate to their private neighborhood. A video circulating Twitter, though,  shows protesters opening and walking through an unopened gate while a man is yelling "get out of my neighborhood." 

"A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives," Mark McCloskey told KMOV.

—avery (@averyrisch) June 29, 2020The McCloskeys might have broken state law

When the couple came from their home armed with guns, most protestors appeared to continue on their march to the mayor's house, where they planned to host a demonstration. Some stopped and recorded the McCloskeys.

Journalist Jonathan Myerson Katz tweeted that the couple might have been breaking state law.

Missouri law says a person "commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons" if "he or she knowingly exhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner."

"I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault," Gardner said. "We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated."

According to the website for the couple's law firm, the McCloskey Law Center, they have been married for 30 years and have an adult daughter.

Patricia McCloskey's profile on the website says she is a member of the Missouri Bar Association ethics-review panel.

Mark McCloskey is representing a Black man who was kicked by a St. Louis police officer while trying to surrender to the cop in April 2019.

The officer in that case, David Maas, was indicted on a federal charge of deprivation of rights under color of law in March.

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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office fires and arrests sergeant accused of pointing gun at man’s head


Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced today that the department has arrested and fired a sergeant accused of pointing his gun at an individual’s head and verbally threatening him.

The announcement of Sgt. Janak Amin’s termination came during a press conference from Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, held today. The incident, which happened Thursday morning at the intersection of N. Nebraska Avenue and E. Annie Street, began when a man was wrongly transported from an HCSO detention facility to DACCO Behavioral Health Center.

Deputies later realized the mistake and found the man behind a trailer, where they tried to confirm his identity. The man refused to give deputies his name. This is when, Sheriff Chronister said, Amin threatened the victim.

“He was not armed and made no aggressive actions toward our deputies,” Chronister said during the press conference. “Sergeant Amin, who was kneeling next to the victim, pointed his firearm at the victim’s head and threatened his life simply because he refused to identify himself.”

With the exception of the victim, all witnesses were law enforcement personnel, according to Chronister and a HCSO press release. 

According to Chronister, Amin is a 21-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and has no prior history of excessive uses of force. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Chronister said.

In 2014, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office named Amin “Deputy of the Year.”

When asked whether race played a role in the incident between the sergeant and the victim, who is Black, Chronister responded, “Absolutely not.”

“I don’t believe for a second this had anything to do with race.”

Chronister said the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has a longstanding “Duty to Intervene” policy requiring personnel to step in when they witness violations of the department’s policies and professional standards. All personnel were recently required to watch a training video meant to reemphasize this policy. 

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