Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt took to social media on Monday indicating that he intended to enter the case of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in an effort to have all charges against them dropped.
Schmitt tweeted: "Citizens shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their #2A right to self-defense STL prosecutor Kim Gardner is engaged in a political prosecution As AG I’m entering the case seeking a dismissal & defend all Missourians’ right to protect their lives/property."
He began by saying that "the right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level protection in the Missouri constitution and our laws, which I'm charged with protecting. This includes the Missouri castle doctrine, which provides broad rights to Missourians to protect and defend their personal safety and property against those who wish to do them harm."
"And yet, in the wake of radical calls of defund the police, with rates of violent crime sky-rocketing each day, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney filed suit against a St. Louis couple, who, according to published reports, say they were doing just that—defending the safety of their family and their private property."
Schmitt went on to say that he refuses to sit by and watch this couple be charged, saying that he will be "seeking the dismissal of this case." He continued by saying that the prosecution brought against the McCloskey's has the potential to restrict the rights of Missourians in being able to defend themselves as protests and riots continue to ravage cities across the country.
The McCloskeys gained national attention when a video captured the couple standing outside their home with firearms, demanding that the demonstrators get off their private property.
Though the demonstrators insist that they were simply passing the McCloskey home on their way to the mayor's house, Mr. McCloskey shared with CNN's Chris Cuomo that it was impossible to get to the mayor's house through their yard.
The McCloskeys are now facing down charges filed by St. Louis. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner for "unlawful use of a weapon/flourishing."
Missouri Governor Mike Pearson mentioned that there may be the possibility of a pardon of the couple should they be found guilty of the charges.