ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis prosecutors on Monday filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the Central West End couple seen pointing guns at protesters in late June.
Patricia and Mark McCloskey are each facing one count of unlawful use of a weapon - flourishing, sources told KMOV News.
Patricia and Mark McCloskey were seen pointing guns at protesters who were marching on Portland Place heading to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's home on June 28.
The protesters were calling for Krewson to resign. Krewson had read the names and addresses of demonstrators calling for police reform during a Facebook Live video.
In the pictures, Patricia and Mark McCloskey are seen pointing guns the protesters. Their defense attorney Joel Schwartz has previously maintained they are innocent. He says they were acting within their full rights to protect themselves and their property. The street is private, and he says the protesters were trespassing and were threatening to the McCloskeys.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden last week said police applied for warrants but did not elaborate on what those warrants allege or who they are against. The guns were turned over to police as evidence.
McCloskeys invited to President Trump's virtual campaign event
The McCloskeys appeared on President Trump's virtual campaign web series Friday night.
The couple shared their side of what happened during the President's campaign livestream.
"I thought within seconds we were going to be overrun. That... they'd be in the house, they'd be setting fires, they'd be killing us and that would be the end of things," Mark McCloskey said on Trump's campaign program Making the Case.
"The so-called peaceful protest kinda ended when they smashed through the gate into my neighborhood and poured into my front yard," he continued.
Despite his claims, video circulating on social media shows protesters opening and walking through the unbroken gate. It is unclear when it was actually damaged or who destroyed it.
Patricia McCloskey maintained they called police before grabbing the guns despite police stating they received no calls from the couple's street at the time of the incident.
Missouri governor says Pardon likely
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told a radio host last week that based on the information he's received, it's likely he would pardon a white St. Louis couple if they are charged for brandishing guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion.
In an interview Friday on the Marc Cox Morning Show on 97.1 FM in St. Louis, Parson was asked if he would consider a pardon.
“I think that's exactly what would happen,” Parson said. He later added that based on what he knows about the case, “I don't think they're going to spend any time in jail.”
Parson on Saturday retweeted a link to the interview on his personal Twitter page. The following day, the governor doubled down on his stance in a string of tweets.
"As a former Sheriff, a law enforcement officer for over 22 years, and now Governor, when it comes to supporting law enforcement officers and their families who are under attack, I’ll always stand with President Trump and have their backs," he tweeted.
Parson had previously said President Trump was keeping his eye on the case.