scheduled tribe. LOUIS – A Missouri official is asking the state’s Supreme Court to suspend the law’s license to the St. Louis couple, who drew national attention last year for waving guns at racial injustice protesters outside their home.
Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pretzel cited guilty pleas for misdemeanors stemming from the June 2020 encounter of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, in a court filing reported by KCUR-FM. Pretzel’s office is responsible for investigating ethical complaints against Missouri attorneys.
Mark McCloskey, who is among several Republican candidates for the US Senate in 2022, He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault misdemeanor in June and was ordered to pay a $750 fine. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardoned him on July 30. Pretzel’s proposition states that while a pardon erases a person’s punishment, “the person’s guilt remains.”
A lawyer for the McCloskeys declined to comment on Monday.
Pretzel said both offenses showed “indifference to public safety” and involved “moral turpitude”, which warrants discipline. He recommended that the Supreme Court suspend McCloskey’s license indefinitely.
Protests follow the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on June 28, 2020. McCloskey said protesters were threatening to break down an iron gate on his private street, although protest organizers said the march was peaceful.
According to the indictment, Mark McCloskey emerged with an AR-15-style rifle, and Patricia McCloskey waved a semi-automatic pistol. Cellphone video captured the confrontation. No shots were fired and no one was hurt.
Even after his guilty pleas, Mark McCloskey was undeterred.
“I’ll do it again,” Mark McCloskey said shortly after the hearing. “Whenever mobs come to me, I will do whatever I can to put them in imminent danger of bodily injury, because that’s what keeps them from destroying my home and my family.”