Sunday evening, a viral video of St. Louis homeowner, Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife grabbed weapons to defends their home from BLM trespassers who were protesting police brutality. McCloskey, a lawyer, had previously represented a victim of police brutality.
“‘The man – who was identified by the initials I.F. – was kicked and struck by police officer David Maas in shocking dashcam footage that appeared to show him surrendering,’ The Daily Mail reported. ‘The initials match a 2019 civil lawsuit made by Isaiah Forman in which the same allegations are put forward,’” as reported by Gateway Pundit.
Police at the time said Forman, then 21, was driving a car that had been taken by another man at gunpoint. The lawsuit against Maas claimed that Forman had ‘surrendered peaceably’.
According to the indictment, Maas kicked and struck Forman in April 2019 while the man was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone, causing ‘bodily injury’ and depriving him of his right to be ‘free from unreasonable force.’
A lawyer for Maas argued that Forman had ‘aggressively resisted arrest’ and ‘struck a police vehicle, narrowly missing a police officer in the process.’ Maas was charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in March 2020. Mr. McCloskey said of the case: ‘I’m glad that the law enforcement agencies are subject to the same standard as everybody else.’
Forman pleaded guilty to crashing his car into a police vehicle during the chase and is serving a seven year sentence for second-degree assault on a special victim.
Husband and wife Mark and Patricia McCloskey were seen on Twitter aiming the weapons at the protestors in the wealthy section of the city Forest Park around 6:00pm on Sunday.
He stood guard outside their large house, called the Niemann Mansion, strapped with an AR-15 as the wife paced the lawn brandishing the handgun.
According to the Daily Mail, the protesters were en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation after she released the names and addresses of residents who had suggested defunding the police department. The Daily Mail wrote,“They had broken their way into the gated community where the McCloskeys live. The pair are both personal injury lawyers and run McCloskey Law Center from inside their extravagant home.
"We were threatened with our lives, threatened with a house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened." https://t.co/agRQau3kzX
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 29, 2020
On Monday, McCloskey spoke out in his first on-camera interview since he confronted Black Lives Matter militants who broke through a gate onto a private street in his neighborhood. A social media livestream of the radical mob shows they entered through a gate into a private community.
McCloskey explained during his on-camera interview on Monday that he announced to the Marxist mob that they were on private property and that’s when they became enraged, as reported by Gateway Pundit. He believes that the only thing that stopped the crowd from approaching his home was his rifle.
“Everything inside the Portland Place gate is private property. There is nothing public in Portland Place. Being inside that gate is like being in my living room. There is no public anything in Portland Place,” he said.