The St. Louis Couple Who Threatened Peaceful Protesters with Guns Live in a “Midwestern Palazzo”

Luke Darby

Protests against police brutality continued across the country this weekend, including a march of around 500 people demanding the mayor’s resignation in St. Louis. Earlier in the week, Mayor Lyda Krewson read the names and addresses of individuals calling to defund the police, basically doxxing people who sent letters to the mayor’s office. In response, protesters marched through an upscale neighborhood on the way to Krewson’s house on Sunday, chanting, "Resign, Lyda, take the cops with you."

The mere presence of peaceful protesters in their neighborhood was more than some residents could handle, though. At one point, a man and a woman came out of their house and started threatening passersby, pointing a rifle and a handgun at them with fingers on the trigger. The incident was captured on video and in multiple photographs.

The couple has since been identified as Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who run a personal-injury law firm and live in what St. Louis Magazine described as a "Midwestern palazzo" in a 2018 profile:

The two Carrara marble urns out front, copies of a pair at the Vatican, had turned black, obscuring Neptune and his attending dolphins. The imported Caen limestone in the entry hall had been painted battleship gray, and the intricate wood carvings in the dining room (which, as Mark points out, are so detailed, you can see the birds’ individual claws), were smothered in layers of white and robin’s-egg blue. What had once been St. Louis’ most dazzling mansion now felt more like a haunted house.

It was a big weekend for hysterical white people flipping out on protesters. At a retirement community in Florida, a group of elderly Trump supporters staged a pro-Trump golf-cart caravan, and video of the event shows onlookers jeering at the slow parade. One man in particular, driving a golf cart with "Trump 2020" signs on it, screams "white power" at a protester; Donald Trump retweeted the video, saying, "Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe [Biden] is shot. See you soon!!!"

The tweet has since been deleted, and the White House claims the president was unaware of the loud "white power" shouted in the video when he posted it.

But angry, violent responses to peaceful protesters weren’t confined to civilian boomers. In Detroit, at yet another protest, local police drove a car through a crowd of people, accelerating on video and sending bodies flying. And the commissioner of the NYPD recently declared that similar vehicular assault by officers in New York doesn’t qualify as a "use of force."

Originally Appeared on GQ