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Missouri Gov. to Pardon St. Louis Couple If Convicted for Waving Guns at BLM Protesters

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*The St. Louis couple that went viral after footage showed them pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home have been hit with criminal charges over the incident. 

Personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey face charges of felony unlawful use of a weapon and fourth-degree assault, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, told The Associated Press.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” Gardner said.

The couple told local CBS affiliate KMOV  that they were “in fear for our lives” on June 28, after seeing demonstrators walking by their home in the gated community of Portland Place. 

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The protesters were on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson (D), calling on her to resign after she revealed the personal information of activists on a livestream.

“It was like the storming of the Bastille, the gate came down and a large crowd of angry, aggressive people poured through. I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed,” Mark McCloskey told the station.

“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 for our lives,” hesaid. Mark also claims to have received a death threat from one protester.

An attorney representing the couple, Albert Watkins, said the McCloskeys’ actions were not “race related,” adding, “In fact, the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white.”

“The Black Lives Matters movement is here to stay, it is the right message, and it is about time,” Watkins continued in the statement to KMOV. “The McCloskeys want to make sure no one thinks less of BLM, its message and the means it is employing to get its message out because of the actions of a few white individuals who tarnished a peaceful protest.”

If convicted, the couple could face up to four years in prison but Gardner is recommending community service. 

Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he will likely pardon the McCloskeys if they’re convicted.

“I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail,” Parson said, noting that a pardon is “exactly what would happen” should they be convicted.

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BLM Protesters Defend Disrupting NY Church Service: ‘Everyone Knows This is Our Westboro Baptist’ (Watch)

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BLM protesters disrupt church service in Troy, NY

*A viral video showing Black Lives Matter protesters interrupting a Troy, N.Y., church service has been widely circulated by opponents of the movement, but without the context that its pastor is known for spewing racist comments, according to BuzzFeed News.

“It’s wild that the national story is that there’s a bunch of Marxists attacking Christians in the street,” one Troy resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told the news outlet. “Everyone here knows that this is our Westboro Baptist.”

Conservative figures with large followings, including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, have posted the video as a way to demonize BLM. However, the pastor of Grace Baptist Church, John Koletas, describes himself as a “bigot” and preaches the fringe Christian “Curst of Ham” belief that Black people are descendants of Noah’s son Ham and cursed by God.

“What people need to know is we’re not protesting churches,” Lukee Forbes, a local Black Lives Matter leader, told BuzzFeed. “We’re protesting this church. I’m a Christian. I’ve been saved. And it hurts to see people come out and drag us for fighting for our community. And now we’re the bad guys. But how do we feel safe in our own community when this church is in the middle of it?”

Watch the viral video below:

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White-on-White Beatdown Goes Down Over ‘Black Lives Matter / WATCH

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*Wrap your head around this scenario: A white-on-white beatdown went down over Black Lives Matter. Actually it was a group of pro-police agitators who beat up a group of Black Lives Matter counter-protesters.

What’s also interesting is that in the video you actually hear someone from the pro-police group say don’t use weapons but punching in the face is OK.

The incident went down on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado where the “Back the Blue” group was holding a rally when some “Black Lives Matter” protesters showed up.

At that point, the “Back the Blue” crowd went after the BLM protesters, and you hear someone shout, “Everybody keep their hands off their weapons. Keep punching each other in the face. Don’t shoot anybody.”

Someone from the BLM group said, even though they were not the aggressors, they were detained by cops but were never told why.

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Back the Blue supporters beat down BLM supporters

Here’s more via TMZ:

Fort Collins Police Services has shed a bit more light on who they arrested and why — saying they took action against members of both parties … while apparently chastising the pro-cop group’s methods.

The agency says it arrested four different people in connection to Saturday’s brouhaha — booking them on charges from criminal tampering and resisting arrest to disorderly conduct and possession of an illegal weapon. They didn’t specify which suspects were affiliated with which groups — but did note they made arrests on both sides of the fight and are looking for other troublemakers that got away.

The FCPS also says … “We respect everyone’s right to peacefully assemble. Our officers have consistently supported these rights in recent months as people have gathered to make their voices heard. For the safety of our community, acts of violence and other unlawful behavior have not and will not be tolerated from anyone.”

Then comes the telling line … “Truly supporting a cause means representing its values. Committing crimes in our community is not a way to support police. We stand for safety, period. We want all of our community members to feel safe here in Fort Collins and we reject any form of hate.” That seems to be a shot at the pro-police group, many of whom were seen on video throwing down, arguably more so than the BLM crowd was.

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Michigan GOP Official Tom Eckerle Uses N-Word Over Mask Dispute, Refuses to Resign

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*Tom Eckerle, a Leelanau County, Mich. Road Commissioner, is facing calls to resign after he went on a racist rant during a public meeting and later said in an interview that he did not regret it.

Eckerle was asked before a Road Commission meeting on Tuesday why he was not wearing a mask. He reportedly responded by saying: “Well this whole thing is because of them n***** down in Detroit.”

According to a CBS News report, Road Commission chair Bob Joyce called out the comment, but Eckerle doubled down on his use of the racial slur.

“I can say anything I want…Black Lives Matter has everything to do with taking the country away from us,” he said. 

When later asked during an interview if he regretted it, Eckerle said “No, I don’t regret calling it an n*****,” he told Interlochen Public Radio on Thursday. “A n***** is a n***** is a n*****. That’s not a person whatsoever.” 

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Now several officials, including the state’s governor, are calling for him to resign. But Eckerle refuses, the radio station reports.

In a Facebook post, Republican State Rep. Jack O’Malley said in a statement that Eckerle “is in the early part of an elected six year term. If he refuses to resign there are 2 options that I am aware of. The citizens can petition for a recall, or, the County Board can request that the Governor remove him.”

“In today’s emotional and highly charged climate to say what he said is ignorant and has no place, especially as an elected official,” O’Malley’s post continued. “I did remind him he represents everyone in Leelanau County as I do…. and his comments were and are beyond stupid. I hope Mr. Eckerle can come to see his mistakes and resign.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has also called for Eckerle to resign immediately.

“His comments are atrocious,” the governor’s press secretary, Tiffany Brown, said in an email to CBS News on Friday. “The Governor has been very clear — there’s no place for hate and racism in Michigan.”

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