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McCloskeys aim guns at peaceful protesters and win pardons, but accountability could be coming

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22.09.2021

The personal injury attorneys who pleaded guilty to misdemeanors after aiming guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year in St. Louis are now at risk of having their law licenses suspended, NPR reported on Monday.

Mark McCloskey, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat, pleaded to fourth-degree assault and was fined $750, while his wife Patricia pleaded to harassment, leading to a $2,000 fine, the news nonprofit reported of their June 17 pleas. Both, however, have since been pardoned by Republican Gov. Michael Parson. Alan Pratzel, Missouri's chief disciplinary counsel, said the crimes they committed indicate “indifference to public safety” and involved “moral turpitude.” Pratzel is seeking to present the matter before the Missouri Supreme Court.

The protesters targeted by the McCloskeys were searching for the home of former St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who refused to cut the city's law enforcement budget following the death of an unarmed Black man. In an interview with CNN, Mark McCloskey, appearing with his attorney, claimed he felt “frightened” and “assaulted" when the protesters stumbled upon his home en route to the mayor's residence. "I'm not the face of anything opposing the Black Lives Matter movement. I was a person scared for........

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