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St. Louis couple pulls firearms on protesters cutting through their private street

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Protesters en route to demonstrate outside of the St. Louis mayor's residence were walking on a private street when two armed individuals came out of a home brandishing weapons.

(CNN)Protesters en route to demonstrate outside of the St. Louis mayor's residence were walking on a private street when two armed individuals came out of a home brandishing weapons.

Videos obtained by CNN show two individuals, a man with a long rifle and a woman with a handgun, holding their firearms outside a St. Louis home as protesters walked by -- protesting the Mayor Lyda Krewson's decision to publish the names and addresses of people in favor of police reform.

Two eyewitness videos obtained by CNN were taken outside the home on Portland Place, a private street near Krewson's home, around 7:30 p. m. on Sunday.

"A door next to the gate at Portland Place was unlocked and protesters went through it to cut through the neighborhood to get to Krewson's house," he told CNN.

"A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives," Mark McCloskey, 63, told CNN affiliate KMOV.

The police report said the couple "observed a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with 'No Trespassing' and 'Private Street' signs. "

Twenty seconds after several protesters made their way through the gate, the video shows Mark McCloskey exiting his house with a long rifle, yelling at protesters to leave the private street.

CNN has reached out to the St. Louis mayor and protest organizers about the incident but has not yet received a response.

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