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St. Louis couple that pulled guns on protesters once challenged neighbor at gunpoint

Added 07-02-20 07:18:07pm EST - “The St. Louis couple that exploded into viral infamy when they pulled guns on a crowd of George Floyd protesters has brandished firearms before in defense of what they consider their property. Mark?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “St. Louis couple that pulled guns on protesters once challenged neighbor at gunpoint”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The St. Louis couple that exploded into viral infamy when they pulled guns on a crowd of George Floyd protesters has brandished firearms before in defense of what they consider their property.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, 63 and 61 respectively, have been in a long-running legal dispute with the trustees of their private Portland Street community over a small patch of land, according to The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

The McCloskeys, who are both personal injury lawyers, maintain that they own the triangle of land near the home they have owned since 1988, while the trustees contend that it belongs to the neighborhood.

In an affidavit filed in the case, Mark McCloskey wrote that he and his wife have “regularly prohibited all persons, including Portland Place residents, from crossing the Parcel including at least at one point, challenging a resident at gunpoint who refused to heed the McCloskeys’ warnings to stay off such property.”

In that incident — which took place in either 1988 or 1989 according to Albert Watkins, the couple’s attorney — Patricia McCloskey heard a noise at night and saw someone cutting through the disputed stretch.

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