"We were threatened with our lives", Mark McCloskey said, claiming one of the protesters was armed.
"At the time, their fear was, these people, two in particular, that were marching along with the Black Lives Matter protest participants - all peaceful". "To the contrary, they were expecting and supportive of the message of the protesters".
These are just kids, peaceful protesters and look at how these complete idiots act. "They were arming themselves about people with a really bad motive, a motive that runs afoul of the fundamental tenets of our country".
Social media users were quick to bestow the "Karen" and "Ken" monikers usually reserved for entitled white people upon the couple, lumping them in with the similarly armed white protesters who have descended upon statehouses and capitals in recent weeks to protest the injustice of being forced to wear masks in public.
Their attorney, Albert Watkins, told The Associated Press on Monday that the couple are long-time civil rights advocates and support the message of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Their home, which was featured in the local St. Louis Magazine after undergoing a renovation, is appraised at $1.15 million. And, according to the Daily Mail, one of Mr. McCloskey's clients is, ironically, a man who was a victim of police brutality.
"The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims", the police said. No other police reports were filed that night, a department spokesperson told Fox News.
"A mob of at least 100 [protesters] smashed through the historic wrought-iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside, and put us in fear of our lives", he said.
The street is private property and clearly labeled as such with signs saying, "No Trespassing" and "Private Street", CNN reported. "There are no public sidewalks or public streets", McCloskey said. I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds, our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed. "We were all alone facing an angry mob", McCloskey said.
"The most important thing for them is that their images (holding the guns) don't become the basis for a rallying cry for people who oppose the Black Lives Matter message", Watkins said. His wife stood next to him with a handgun.
The St. Louis lawyers who were seen holding guns while protesters marched past their home are now being investigated for possible criminal charges, said the city's lead prosecutor.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is contemplating whether a pair of married lawyers broke any laws on Sunday when they aimed firearms at nonviolent protesters who were walking past the couple's Central West End mansion en route to a protest at the nearby house of Mayor Lyda Krewson. Krewson apologized and took the video down.