Mark McCloskey told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday: “I am a man who is frightened by his own life, protecting my wife, My home, my fireplace, my livelihood. I am a mob entering the gate.”
He said it was “ridiculous” to think that he was an opponent of the black life movement after the incident.
McCloskey said: “I don’t care what color they are. I don’t care what their motives are.” “I’m scared. I was attacked.”
McCloskey told CNN that he could not reach the mayor’s house through his neighbors and hundreds of protesters broke into a private gate. He said the protesters threatened to kill him and his dog and burn his house.
In the video of two witnesses, the McCloskey family and the protesters seem to be exchanging words, but it is not clear what to say.
McCloskey said his actions and his wife’s actions were reasonable.
McCloskey’s lawyer, Albert S. Watkins, said: “My clients fully support and endorse BLM’s information.” “They are powerless to misuse this noble information, and all of us need to hear this information over and over again in order to This is a permit for rape, robbery, robbery and plundering all our rights.”
Details of the protest
McCloskey said that when he claimed that the protesters broke into the wrought iron gate, he no longer regarded the rally as a protest.
Local reporter Daniel Shular took one of the videos obtained by CNN and said that he watched the whole event for about 10 minutes. He said that one next to the gate of Portland Square The door was unlocked, and the protesters used it to pass nearby. .
In the video broadcast live on Facebook, the first protesters entering the private street opened the left door. The video does not show how the door was opened for the first time.
However, the second Facebook Live video taken later showed the right door bent and cracked on the ground.
McCloskey left the house after 20 seconds, and both videos showed that the couple and the protesters often rioted back and forth.
The police said that once they passed through the gate, the (McKloskys) told the group “they broke in on a private street and told them to leave.” The couple told the police that the organization began to profanely and threatened to harm them.
The report said: “When the victims observed multiple armed men, they armed themselves and contacted the police.”
Slar told CNN that he did see some armed men in the protest, but “no one shot at their people from the house.”
The St. Louis City Police Department told CNN that the matter is under investigation. City tour lawyer Kimberly M. Gardner was shocked by the incident in a CNN statement, and her office is under investigation.
In a statement, she said: “We must protect the right to peaceful protest, and any attempt to suppress it by intimidating or threatening to use lethal force will not be tolerated.” “Don’t get me wrong: we will not tolerate the exercise of its First Amendment People with rights use force and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
What caused the protest
She read the names and addresses of the people who requested the police reform, which aroused their interest. The name and home address she had read were submitted to St. Louis County Council as part of a public comment.
On Friday, the mayor apologized on Twitter, saying she was not trying to hurt anyone.
Cruzen tweeted: “I’m sorry to identify the person who wrote to me at City Hall today. This is one of my Facebook updates when I answer regular questions.” “I never intended to hurt anyone Or cause trouble. I deleted this update and apologized again.”
CNN has contacted the mayor of St. Louis and the protest organizers about the incident, but has not received any response.
CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji contributed to this report.