It became national frontpage news that a couple in St. Louis, Missouri, had stood on their front lawn with firearms in hand as protesters swarmed their gated and private community last month. It has also become common knowledge that the couple has since been charged with a felony each, citing the unlawful use of a weapon, all for defending their home.
However, it seems the state of Missouri, as well as the White House and God himself, are on their side because evidence has just been found that the prosecution knowingly tampered with the evidence of the case against the McCloskeys.
As you may remember for the first stories about the incident, Mr. McCloskey, upon seeing the mob rushing his neighborhood brandished an AR-15, while his wife, Patricia, held a smaller silver handgun. Now, in the state of Missouri, as well as many other jurisdictions, in order to charge someone with the unlawful use of a weapon, particularly a firearm, that weapon must be proved to be a threat.
And so, after the McCloskey’s weapons were confiscated by law enforcement, tests were done on each to determine if they were “readily capable of lethal use,” as the law requires. Basically, they were tested to see if each could fire. While the gun Mr. McCloskey held was found to be operable and, therefore, “lethal,” the handgun his wife held was not.
However, upon this being found out by the prosecution, one of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’ staff members ordered that the gun be disassembled to find out exactly what was wrong with it and then reassembled correctly so that it would be operable and that the court documents would reflect that it was “lethal” at the time of the supposed crime.
According to 5 On Your Side, “The gun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable when it arrived at the St. Louis police crime lab, but a member of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble it and wrote that it was ‘readily capable of lethal use’ in charging documents filed Monday, 5 On Your Side has learned.”
The crime lab determined that the gun had been assembled incorrectly, with the firing pin spring in front of the firing pin, instead of behind it, where it should have been. This, according to the lab reports obtained by local outlet 5 On Your Side, made the gun incapable of being fired and, therefore, not lethal.
And so Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley then ordered that the gun be reassembled so that it would be in working order.
When the documents were put forward that the gun was, in fact, operable, the McCloskeys argued that it was not, causing a closer look into the case and Gardner’s staff.
According to the McCloskeys, who are attorneys themselves, the gun had been rendered inoperable for some time. Apparently, the couple had used the weapon as a “prop” in one of their previous cases, and so, to make it safe for it to be brought into a courtroom full of people, the couple had had it purposefully assembled incorrectly.
This means that when Patricia McCloskey grabbed it and stood outside her home with it several weeks earlier, it could never have caused any harm, and both she and her husband knew it.
The protesters, on the other hand, didn’t. The very sight of what seemed to be a working gun was enough to dissuade most from coming too close to the house and their children who were hiding inside.
With this information being made known and confirmed by both the crime lab and other parties, the case against the McCloskeys will likely fall flat. As the couple’s own attorney, Joel Schwartz, says, “It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community.”
Isn’t it just like a Democrat to alter evidence or make it up just to get what they want?
Not that the charges would have stuck anyway.
Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt has already requested that the case be dismissed. And the state’s Governor Mike Parson told the press this week that if the couple is convicted for some reason, that he would pardon them. In addition, the White House and President Donald Trump have also announced their support of the couple and their use of their Second Amendment right.