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St. Louis couple who brandished guns had right to defend property: attorney

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The St. Louiscouple caught on video brandishing guns in the front yard of their home while protesterspassed through their private neighborhoodare being investigated by local law enforcement. Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the homeownersseen in the now-viral video, are being investigated by the St. Louis Police Department and the citys circuit attorney, Kimberly Garder, in the wake of Sunday nights confrontation, Gardner announced in a statement late Monday. I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault, Gardner said. 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. However, the McCloskeys attorney,Albert Watkins, saw the couples clash with protesters differently. Under Missouris Castle Doctrine,"a person has the right, has the absolute unmitigated right to protect his or her castle or family while on their property," Watkins said. "And in this particular fact situation, you have individuals who are acting on private property, trespassing as lawbreakers onto private property, damaging and destroying private property and acting in a threatening and hostile fashion, such as to give rise to what any human being would consider to be placing them in a position of abject horror and certainly in a position of feeling in fear of imminent harm. "READ MORE: WHAT IS MISSOURIS CASTLE DOCTRINE?Watkins insisted his clients did not arm themselves until the protesters entered their private property. "My clients didnt sit on their front stoop with guns . . . No firearms were on them at the time that they, were, as property owners standing in front of their home," he said. "It was not until they basically were in a position of seeing and observingviolence, recklessness, lawbreaking, and knowing that the police were not going to be doing anything. "Watkins also

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