A Missouri couple under fire for defending their home as protesters passed are finally speaking out to media and sharing their side of what occurred that night.
Al Watkins, an attorney for Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, told Fox News Tuesday night the protest was largely peaceful and the pair did not bring their guns outside of the home until two men in particular, both of whom were white, started menacing them.
The McCloskeys, Watkins said, were hesitant to come forward with the full story out of fear that they would “disparage the importance of Black Lives Matter.”
“At the time, their fear was, these people, two in particular, that were marching along with the Black Lives Matter protest participants – all peaceful. They were acting in a fashion inconsistent with the message being given,” Watkins said. “My clients were not arming themselves against peaceful protesters, they were arming themselves about people with a really bad motive, a motive that runs afoul of the fundamental tenets of our country.”
After the couple brought the guns outside, Watkins said, others began threatening them, unaware of the reason behind the couple’s interpreted need to arm themselves.
“My clients, though, had to deal with comments that were from two individuals that were perpetrating these acts of violence and, not charging, but coming toward them and doing so in a fashion that was threatening, menacing, and in a fashion inconsistent with the Black Lives Matter message.”
Mark McCloskey himself told KMOV-TV that a mob rushed toward the home as the family was having dinner and “put us in fear of our lives.”
“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets,” McCloskey said. “We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
CNN anchor and exercise enthusiast Chris Cuomo made a pathetic attempt to attack Mr. McCloskey and his attorney during an appearance Tuesday night – “attempt” being the operative word.
WIBC’s Rob Kendall and Abdul Hakim-Shabazz commented on the Cuomo’s blatant political attack on their show Wednesday.