Missouri governor pardons St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters

Patricia and Mark McCloskey.
A screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention featuring Patricia and Mark McCloskey. Photo credit Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey Tuesday, absolving the couple for waving and pointing firearms at protesters who paraded past their Central West End home last summer.

Last month, a judge accepted the couple’s plea deal, requiring them to pay a collective $2,750 in fines. The Republican governor’s pardon wipes out both that deal and the penalties.

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“Mark McCloskey has publicly stated that if he were involved in the same situation, he would have the exact same conduct,” the McCloskeys’ lawyer said Tuesday. “He believes that the pardon vindicates that conduct.”

Initially charged with unlawful weapon use and tampering with evidence, Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault in June.

Patricia McCloskey faced similar felony charges initially but pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment -- also a misdemeanor.

The McCloskeys claimed they felt threatened by Black protesters and allies demonstrating after George Floyd’s death. The court required the couple to turn over the two weapons used in the June 2020 incident -- an AR-15 rifle and a semiautomatic pistol -- to Missouri officials to be destroyed.