Video shows a US lawyer couple pointing their guns at Black Lives Matter protesters

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A husband and wife duo, identified as Mark and Patricia McCloskey, pointed guns at protesters from the front lawn of their St. Louis, Missouri home Sunday evening.
  • A couple was filmed pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters who marched through their upscale St. Louis, Missouri neighbourhood on Sunday evening.
  • They appeared to be armed with a semi-automatic rifle with an extended clip and a handgun.
  • They have since been named as Mark and Patricia McCloskey, two personal injury lawyers.
  • The protesters were marching to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house, in protest of her doxxing people who argued to defund the police.
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Shocking videos and images show a St. Louis, Missouri couple yelling and pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters who were marching through their upscale neighbourhood Sunday evening.

Hundreds of protesters were taking part in a march to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday evening when they passed through the couple's gated community.

The couple have since been named as Mark and Patricia McCloskey, two personal injury lawyers, according to the Riverfront Times.

Bystanders took video and pictures of the couple pointing guns at the protesters and yelling at them from their front lawn.

The husband was armed with what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle with an extended clip, while his wife held a small handgun.

While some of the protesters stopped to stare at the gun-toting couple, others in the crowd could be heard urging them to move on. Journalist Jonathan Myerson Katz tweeted that the couple may have been breaking a state law.

Missouri law states that "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."

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's profile on the website states that she is a member of the Missouri Bar Association ethical review panel.

Mark is currently 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 colour of law in March 2020.

At the time, Mark McCloskey told The Associated Press that he's "glad that the law enforcement agencies are subject to the same standard as everybody else."

The protesters who marched by the McCloskey's home Sunday evening were on their way to Mayor Krewson's house to demand her resignation.

Krewson was criticised last week when she read out the names and addresses of people who were advocates for defunding the police in a Facebook Live video - effectively doxxing them.

Neither the McCloskeys' office nor the St. Louis Police Department immediately responded to Insider's request for comment.

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