PROSECUTOR Kim Gardner, who has charged a gun-toting St. Louis couple that confronted gate-crashing Black Lives Matter protesters, has been getting more death threats since President Trump threw his support behind the couple.
On Monday, Gardner charged Mark and Patricia McCloskey with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.
Gardner, St. Louis’ first African American chief prosecutor, shared vile emails and social media messages she had received with the Washington Post.
“It is YOU who are the racist, unfairly targeting white McCloskeys for exercising their 2nd Amendment rights,” wrote one emailer.
"U really need to be run out of town you black b—-!”
She mentioned that a note was also left on her car saying, “I hope you hang from a tree.”
In June, Mark, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61, stood armed outside their home as Black Lives Matter protesters massed outside after having broken into the private community by tearing down a gate.
The McCloskeys have said they feared for their lives.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson said earlier this month the president made it clear he “doesn’t like what he sees and the way these people are being treated,” referencing the McCloskeys.
Parson also raised eyebrows by saying he may pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey for any crimes they may potentially be convicted of.
The investigation about the couple's incident began on June 29 and the couple was charged on July 20 with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.
"The decision to issue charges was made after a thorough investigation with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department," Gardner said in a statement.
On July 21, President Trump told White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that prosecutor Gardner was abusing her power.
“There have been many cases brought to her attention of violent rioters that she’s failed to charge,” McEnany said.
“But instead she’s charging the individuals who were defending themselves from violent protesters."
“You have 300 to 500 protesters who stormed the gates, tore down the gates, and trespassed on their property,” she continued.
The white couple, who are in their early 60s and are both lawyers, were not arrested but were issued a summons to appear in court.
The McCloskeys' first hearing is scheduled for August 31.
“It’s a bizarre, upside-down world,” Mark McCloskey told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
White House Press Secretary McEnany agreed with McCloskey during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday.
“Yes, he’s exactly right, this is an egregious abuse of power, is how the president described it by the prosecutor, to make this decision,” she said, calling the charges “politically-motivated nonsense.”
What's more, Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt also filed an amicus brief asking that the charges be dismissed under the state’s “castle doctrine,” which allows homeowners to protect their property with deadly force if necessary.
On Monday, a group of more than 60 current and former state and federal prosecutors signed a statement defending Gardner's prosecution of the McCloskeys.
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