ST. LOUIS – New developments in the case of the Central West End couple, who has become known worldwide for pointing weapons at demonstrators outside his home on a private, closed trip last Sunday.
Dozens of residents have published an open letter condemning their behavior.
New gates and fences were built Thursday at the Kingshighway entrance to Portland Place to protect the private streets and houses on the other side.
The move took place days after the now notorious incident, where protesters dropped by Portland Place to protest outside the Mayor of St. Louis' home, Lyda Krewson, a few blocks away.
When the gates opened, two dozen neighborhood homeowners published a letter condemning the swinging of weapons by homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey.
"Peaceful protests should never be faced with violence or the threat of violence," said Tim Noonan to residents of nearby Westmoreland Place, which is also a closed, private street.
The letter condemns the behavior of people who use threats of violence, especially firearms, to disrupt peaceful protests.
"It is not common sense that these demonstrators are the kind of threat that should lead to the threat of violence and the firing of firearms," said Noonan. "We do not believe that this protest for this group speaks about the details of our letter and poses a threat to anyone's life, body, and property."
Noonan made it clear that the homeowners at Westmoreland Place who wrote the letter spoke only for themselves and not for the entire homeowners association.
After confronting the McCloskeys, neighborhood security peacefully steered the demonstrators through another gate that led to the mayor's private driveway, Noonan said. There were no injuries.
Even so, after opening the gate and walking through the gate for the first time, Mark McCloskey told Fox 2 / News 11 demonstrators that they had destroyed and poured the gate to change the tenor of things.
"When people came through the gate, I was really afraid for my life and had no choice," said Mark McCloskey. “The reaction of people who have not been involved is now worldwide and my life is very difficult at the moment. We will make it. "
McCloskeys' lawyer, Al Watkins, has made a statement calling the neighbors who signed the letter "insincere".
"They pay the same armed security personnel around the clock … to ensure that people cannot intrude on private property," he said.
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