A LAWYER who pointed a rifle at gate-crashing Black Lives Matter protesters said he “faced TERRORISM” and it “ruined” his life.
Speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, Mark McCloskey said he was “scared” and trying to “protect” his wife and home.
“I was a person scared for my life, protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood, I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate,” McCloskey told CNN.
“I didn’t care what color they were. I didn’t care what their motivation was.
“I was frightened. I was assaulted and I was in imminent fear they would run me over, kill me, burn my house…” he added.
When asked by Cuomo if anything happened to his life or his property, McCloskey said it did.
“Yeah. My life has been ruined,” McCloskey said.
Cuomo cut him off, asking if anything happened to him, his family or his property.
“Yeah, it’s called social intimidation, it’s called terrorism,” McCloskey said.
“Chris, what’s the definition of terrorism? To use violence and intimidation to frighten the public.
“That’s what happened to me. That’s the damage I’ve suffered,” he added.
Around 500 demonstrators were present in the protest, NBC News reported.
The husband was heard yelling at demonstrators, and the demonstrators chanted, “resign Lyda, take the cops with you.”
Following the incident, Circuit Attorney for the city of St. Louis Kimberly Gardner announced the incident is under investigation.
The couple could be charged for making threats.
McCloskey’s lawyer, Albert S Watkins, defended the couple’s actions to CNN.
“My clients are completely behind and endorsed the message of BLM,” Watkins said.
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“What they are not capable of doing is embracing the abject utilization of that noble message that we all need to hear over and over and over again as a license to rape, rob, pillage, bowl over all of our rights.”
The incidents came amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.
Demonstrators across the nation have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as they call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.