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St. Louis couple threatens protesters with guns outside their home

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. For Reuters photographer Lawrence Bryant, the events of last Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri, will make him extra vigilant the next time he goes out to cover anti-racism protests that are sweeping the United States.
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. For Reuters photographer Lawrence Bryant, the...more

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. For Reuters photographer Lawrence Bryant, the events of last Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri, will make him extra vigilant the next time he goes out to cover anti-racism protests that are sweeping the United States. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Bryant, 45, recalled that on Sunday evening several hundred white and Black protesters walked through an open gate into the community where the couple - Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey - lived.

They were met by Mark McCloskey holding what looked like an automatic rifle and shouting "get out!" several times at the crowd. In photographs and video footage of the incident, he wore a pink shirt, beige trousers and his feet were bare. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Bryant, 45, recalled that on Sunday evening...more

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Bryant, 45, recalled that on Sunday evening several hundred white and Black protesters walked through an open gate into the community where the couple - Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey - lived. They were met by Mark McCloskey holding what looked like an automatic rifle and shouting "get out!" several times at the crowd. In photographs and video footage of the incident, he wore a pink shirt, beige trousers and his feet were bare. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Patricia McCloskey draws her firearm on protestors as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Several protesters could be seen urging others to keep walking in a bid to keep the situation contained. With places to take cover, Bryant said he was not overly worried at that point, even when the man appeared to cock his weapon. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Patricia McCloskey draws her firearm on protestors as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Several protesters could be seen urging others to keep walking in a bid to keep...more

Patricia McCloskey draws her firearm on protestors as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Several protesters could be seen urging others to keep walking in a bid to keep the situation contained. With places to take cover, Bryant said he was not overly worried at that point, even when the man appeared to cock his weapon. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey holds his firearm as protesters enter his neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey holds his firearm as protesters enter his neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey holds his firearm as protesters enter his neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Then Patricia McCloskey appeared from the front of the house holding a handgun. Bryant quickly became more concerned.

"She had her finger on the trigger and looked nervous and I became a little bit more worried, as there were kids out there and she was sporadically pointing the gun at random people," he recalled.

"I just was trying to make frames. Trying to stay safe, trying to dodge the barrel of the gun and stay out of sight and out of line. I'm a big, Black man and I always have to pay attention to that anyway." REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Then Patricia McCloskey appeared from the front...more

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Then Patricia McCloskey appeared from the front of the house holding a handgun. Bryant quickly became more concerned. "She had her finger on the trigger and looked nervous and I became a little bit more worried, as there were kids out there and she was sporadically pointing the gun at random people," he recalled. "I just was trying to make frames. Trying to stay safe, trying to dodge the barrel of the gun and stay out of sight and out of line. I'm a big, Black man and I always have to pay attention to that anyway." REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighbourhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. keys have said they feared for their lives on Sunday and that protesters damaged a wrought-iron gate at an entrance to the wealthy neighborhood.

"Their actions were borne solely of fear and apprehension, the genesis of which was not race related. In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white," their lawyer said in a statement sent to Reuters.

"The McCloskeys want to make sure no one thinks less of Black Lives Matter (protest movement), its message and the means it is employing to get its message out because of the actions of a few white individuals who tarnished a peaceful protest." Daniel Shular/via REUTERS

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighbourhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. keys have said they feared for their lives on...more

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighbourhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. keys have said they feared for their lives on Sunday and that protesters damaged a wrought-iron gate at an entrance to the wealthy neighborhood. "Their actions were borne solely of fear and apprehension, the genesis of which was not race related. In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white," their lawyer said in a statement sent to Reuters. "The McCloskeys want to make sure no one thinks less of Black Lives Matter (protest movement), its message and the means it is employing to get its message out because of the actions of a few white individuals who tarnished a peaceful protest." Daniel Shular/via REUTERS
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Patricia McCloskey draws her firearm on protesters as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Calls to phone numbers listed for the couple went unanswered, and their lawyer declined to make them available for an interview.

Kimberly Gardner, the city's chief prosecutor, said she was alarmed by the videos and that her office was investigating.

"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," she said in a statement. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Patricia McCloskey draws her firearm on protesters as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Calls to phone numbers listed for the couple went unanswered, and their lawyer...more

Patricia McCloskey draws her firearm on protesters as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. Calls to phone numbers listed for the couple went unanswered, and their lawyer declined to make them available for an interview. Kimberly Gardner, the city's chief prosecutor, said she was alarmed by the videos and that her office was investigating. "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," she said in a statement. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors, one of whom holds a video camera and microphone (R), during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. The St. Louis confrontation has taken on added significance after President Donald Trump, who has already been accused by critics of stoking racial tensions in America, retweeted an ABC News video of the incident. He made no comment. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors, one of whom holds a video camera and microphone (R), during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. The St. Louis confrontation...more

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors, one of whom holds a video camera and microphone (R), during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. The St. Louis confrontation has taken on added significance after President Donald Trump, who has already been accused by critics of stoking racial tensions in America, retweeted an ABC News video of the incident. He made no comment. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighbourhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighbourhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighbourhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS
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Patricia McCloskey draws a firearm on protesters as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Patricia McCloskey draws a firearm on protesters as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Patricia McCloskey draws a firearm on protesters as they enter her neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28.  REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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