Trump posts video of couple brandishing guns towards protesters

Gun-Toting St. Louis Couple ‘Karen + Ken’ Memes

Armed homeowners standing in front of their house along Portland Place confront protesters on June 28, in the Central West End in St. Louis.

McCloskey also defended the action of his wife, who stood next to him with a handgun and at times pointed it directly at protesters with her finger on the trigger, according to a photographer at the scene.

About 300 protesters had gone through a gate into this closed-off community and were marching in front of the McCloskey home, which is pictured center.

"I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds".

The episode drew sharp scrutiny from the same legacy media that constantly characterized anarchic militias in recent weeks as peaceful demonstrators and prompted the St. Louis Circuit Attorney to launch an investigation.

Al Watkins, an attorney for the McCloskeys, said the protest was largely peaceful and the pair did not bring their guns outside the home until two men in particular, both of whom were white, started menacing them.

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Opinion polls show the Republican Trump trailing his likely Democratic rival in the November 3 election, former vice-president Joe Biden, and an increasing number of Americans sympathising with protesters and support policing reforms. Police are now investigating the incident to determine whether the protesters committed trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation. "Take the cops with you!" news outlets reported. "When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police".

Anders Walker, a professor at the St. Louis University School of Law, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the castle doctrine in the state allows the couple to defend their property on a private street. But when protesters breached the gates of the McCloskey's gated community, the couple seemingly made a decision to go full vigilante to defend their property, known locally as the Neimann Mansion.

In addition to criticizing them for their violence and hostility towards Black Lives Matter protestors, social media users have been dunking on Ken and Karen for their fashion choices, appearance, and gaudy home. "We were all alone facing an angry mob". A woman, also barefoot, stands next to him in a pair of black capri trousers, with her finger on the trigger of a silver handgun she points at the protesters.

"At that point, everybody got enraged", McCloskey said.

"One hundred percent of my client's clients in those cases have been people of color", Watkins said. The protesters were marching to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who is under fire for publicly reading out loud the names and addresses of protesters who are calling for the police to be defunded during a live video briefing.

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