A video recorded by freelance photographer Theo Welling for the Riverfront Times shows Mark, dressed in a pastel pink polo shirt and khakis, brandishing a rifle with an extended clip while Patricia, wearing black-and-white-striped top with capri pants, casually holds a small handgun.
The protesters were walking to Krewson’s house for a demonstration, part of the backlash the mayor is facing for broadcasting on Facebook Live the names and addresses of advocates for defunding the police department.
Multiple people marching tonight filmed the scene in front of the McCloskeys, and various angles show the couple sweeping their weapons in the direction of protesters who were standing on the sidewalk or walking past.
At one point, a barefoot Patricia, whose law firm bio says she is a member of the Missouri Bar Association ethical review panel, [ed.: now this is the kind of narrative detail fans of our series really appreciate] crosses the lawn and stumbles briefly while she has her gun aimed at protesters. It’s not clear if the guns were loaded.
The McCloskeys are apparently very proud of their house, welcoming St. Louis Magazine in 2018 for a tour of the Renaissance-style palazzo that was originally built by a Busch heiress and her husband, but it’s unclear what prompted them to grab their guns and pop out front, shoeless but armed, to confront nonviolent protesters.
I’m not sure if the pastel pink polo shirt or the capri pants do more to pull everything together. Maybe it’s the AR-15.