- Mark McCloskey, who, with his wife, waved their firearms outside their St. Louis home, claimed that his "life was ruined" after falling victim to what he called "terrorism".
- "What is the definition of terrorism? To scare the public with fear and intimidation," McCloskey said during a CNN interview on Tuesday. "That's exactly what happened that night, that's exactly what happened to me – that's the damage I've suffered."
- In a separate Fox News interview, McCloskey contested the claim that he was against the Black Lives Matter movement, adding that "my black customers love us."
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Mark McCloskey, a 63-year-old personal injury lawyer, and 61-year-old Patricia McCloskey were portrayed with an assault rifle and pistol on Sunday as demonstrators marched through their neighborhood.
Mark McCloskey, who appeared on CNN's Prime Time with host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, said "my life is ruined" after the picture of him and his wife went viral, and said he was a victim of what he was referred to as "terrorism". ""
The group of demonstrators broke through the fence of a residential complex and entered a private street, demonstrating against Mayor Lyda Krewson, who lives in an adjacent neighborhood. Krewson, a Democrat, had criticized activists for challenging the names of those who asked for police funding.
"They came up to us until I showed the gun and that stopped them," McCloskey said, adding that one of the demonstrators had swung two pistols and said, "You're the next."
McCloskey described the demonstrators' actions as "social intimidation" and as a form of terrorism.
"What is the definition of terrorism? To scare and intimidate the public," said McCloskey. "That's exactly what happened that night, that's exactly what happened to me – that's the damage I've suffered."
McCloskey added that it was "completely ridiculous" to claim that he was against the Black Lives Matter movement, which recently protested nationwide after George Floyd's death.
"I'm not the face of anything that resists the Black Lives Matter movement," said McCloskey. "I was a person who was afraid for my life and protected my wife, my home, my stove and my livelihood. I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn't care what color they were, me didn't. " I don't care what their motivation was. I was afraid, I was attacked and I was immediately afraid that they would run me over, kill me, burn my house. "
McCloskey's own lawyer, Albert Watkins, said that "everyone … old white man like me has to hear and hear the message from Black Lives Matter".
In a separate interview in Fox News, McCloskey added that "my black customers love us".
"The night this happened, some of our black customers called us until 2:30 in the morning and told us how wrong it was that the press wrote it," said McCloskey.
After the incident, St. Louis Circuit lawyer Kimberly Gardner said her office was investigating whether personal injury lawyers were violating the law by waving their firearms.
"My office is currently working with the public and the police to investigate these events," she said in a statement. "Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of violence against those who exercise their First Amendment rights, and we will use the full power of the Missouri Act to hold people accountable."