US couple points guns at protesters who invaded their private neighborhood (VIDEO)

An American couple, who said they were scared for their lives, drew gun at protesters who entered their private neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor in Missouri.

On Sunday, June 28, hundreds of protesters marched to the home of the Mayor, Lyda Kewson, who lived in a gated neighborhood, to call for her resignation.

The protesters were said to have damaged the iron gate at an entrance to the wealthy neighbourhood and banging drums and chanting for Krewson to resign and "take your cops with you."
They were met by the couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who drew their firearms and asked the protesters to live their private neighbourhood.

The husband was holding what looked like an automatic rifle and shouting, "Private property. Get out!". Then the wife appeared appeared from the front of the house holding a handgun and pointing it directly at the crowed.
“She had her finger on the trigger and looked nervous and she was sporadically pointing the gun at random people,” Reuters journalist said.

After a series of verbal clashes, the protesters moved on to demonstrate outside the mayor's home a block away. 
In a statement through their lawyer, the couple said they feared for their lives and that the protesters forcefully broke an iron gate marked with 'No Trespassing' and 'Private Street' signs.
They stated that they were on their property when they heard a loud commotion coming from the street and when they went to investigate the commotion, they observed a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate.

"Once through the gate, the victims advised the group that they were on a private street and trespassing and told them to leave," the couple's statement to the police read.

"The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims. When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police.
"The actions of violence, destruction of property and acts of threatening aggression by a few individuals commingling with the peaceful protesters, gave rise to trepidation and fear of imminent and grave harm.

"Both Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey acted lawfully on their property which sits on a private gated lane in the City of St. Louis.

"Their actions were borne solely of fear and apprehension, the genesis of which was not race related. In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white."
The St. Louis Mayor, Lyda Krewson, a Democratic party member, had sparked an angry backlash from demonstrators last week when, during her regular public coronavirus briefing, she read aloud the names and addresses of protesters who sent her petitions calling for the city to defund the police department.

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