St. Louis home owner says he’s a victim of ‘terrorism’ and his ‘life has been ruined’ after his picture goes viral

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• Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife was pictured brandishing firearms in front of their home in St. Louis over the weekend, gave a new interview in which he said his “life has been ruined” after he fell victim to what he described as “terrorism.”

• “What’s the definition of terrorism? To use violation and intimidation to frighten the public,” McCloskey told CNN on Tuesday. “That’s what was happening that night, that’s what happened to me — that’s the damage I suffered.”

• In a separate interview on Fox News, McCloskey disputed the claims that he was opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement and added that “my Black clients love us

A St. Louis man who was pictured alongside his wife showing off weapons Sunday as protesters marched through their neighborhood has given an interview to CNN’s Chris Cuomo in which he discussed the fallout.

Mark McCloskey, a 63-year-old personal-injury attorney, appeared on Tuesday’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” where he said that his “life has been ruined” after images of him and his wife, a 61-year-old attorney named Patricia, went viral and that he had fallen victim to “terrorism.”

The group of protesters entered the street in the gated community where the McCloskeys live to demonstrate against Mayor Lyda Krewson, who lives in an adjacent neighborhood. Krewson, a Democrat, had attracted criticism from activists for outing the names of those who called for the defunding of police departments.

“They were coming at us until I displayed the weapon, and that’s what stopped them,” McCloskey said, adding that one of the protesters had brandished two pistols and told him, “you’re next.” The McCloskeys were filmed brandishing what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun.

McCloskey described the actions of the protesters as “social intimidation” and a form of terrorism.

“What’s the definition of terrorism? To use violation and intimidation to frighten the public,” McCloskey said. “That’s what was happening that night, that’s what happened to me — that’s the damage I suffered.”

McCloskey added that it was “completely ridiculous” to argue that he was opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement, which recently conducted protests throughout the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

“I’m not the face of anything opposing the Black Lives Matter movement,” McCloskey said. “I was a person scared for my life, who was protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood. I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn’t care what color they were — I didn’t care what their motivation was. I was frightened, I was assaulted, and I was in imminent fear that they would run me over, kill me, burn my house.”

McCloskey’s own attorney, Albert Watkins, said every “old white man like me needs to listen and hear the message of Black Lives Matter.”

In a separate interview on Fox News, McCloskey added that “my Black clients love us.”

“The night that this happened, I had some of our Black clients calling us up till 2:30 in the morning, telling us how wrong it was, the way the press was writing this up,” McCloskey said.

Following the incident, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said her office was investigating whether the personal-injury attorneys broke the law by pointing guns at protesters.

“My office is currently working with the public and police to investigate these events,” she said in a statement. “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.”

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