Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis armed couple who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home last year, expressed support for Kyle Rittenhouse on Monday as the concluding arguments of his trial wrapped up.
Fox News interviewed the couple just minutes from the Kenosha County Courthouse where Rittenhouse is located murder charges after he shot three people, killing two, as he lay prone in the street, beaten by several attackers in the midst of a riot in August 2020. Rittenhouse and his lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defense.
“We feel for Mr. Rittenhouse,” Mark McCloskey told Fox News. “We believe he acted in self-defense.”
“We think he has been prosecuted politically, as we have been, and we hope the jury finds him not guilty on all counts and that he can go home as a free man,” he added.
Mark McCloskey stood on the lawn of their home screaming and aiming a semi-automatic rifle at the protesters. His wife then joined him with a semi-automatic pistol, yelling at the protesters to “go” and pointing it at them. No shots were fired.
Many defended the McCloskeys, saying they were legally protecting their $ 1.15 million home. The couple felt a loud commotion and saw a large group of people break through an iron gate marked “No Entry” and “Private Road”, according to a police report.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson pardoned the McCloskeys in August later Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty in June on a fourth-degree assault and was fined $ 750, while Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to the felony of harassment and was fined $ 2,000.
McCloskey told Fox News that Rittenhouse is a “young man” who “was doing his best to help his country and save businesses here in Kenosha, and as his reward, he is endangering the rest of his life.” .
McCloskey said he went to Kenosha to show support, but he didn’t want to cause distraction from the case.
“I will not go to court until the jury is out so that we are not accused of interfering with the results in any way,” he said.