The St. Louis prosecutor in the felony case involving the St. Louis homeowners who brandished firearms after protesters stormed their property mentioned that her office is open to a deferred prosecution, which indicates that even she doesn’t believe a crime has been committed, Eric Schmitt, the state’s attorney general, told the “The Buck Sexton Show” on Wednesday.
Schmitt, who has been a tough critic of Kimberly Gardner, the St. Louis circuit attorney, called the charges “purely a political prosecution.”
He said the statutes in Missouri are “very clear” and the castle doctrine protects homeowners who are defending themselves. He pointed out that Gardner has a primary in two weeks for her seat and that “enters the equation here.”
A deferred prosecution in Missouri essentially means that a criminal case can be put off for a certain amount of time. Buck Sexton, the host, theorized that Gardner may just want an admission of wrongdoing for political gain.
Schmitt pointed out the irony that the city sees “dozens and dozens and dozens” of homicides that never bring charges and yet the McCloskey case goes right to the “top of the stack.”
Mark McCloskey, the homeowner, has insisted that he and his wife felt threatened after protesters broke through a wrought iron fence and threatened to kill him. He said it was the most terrifying experience of his life.
McCloskey has benefited from the support of prominent conservatives who see the charges against him and his wife as an affront to the constitution and their Second Amendment rights.
Schmitt noted that Gov. Mike Parson vowed to pardon the couple in the event they are convicted of the felony gun charge, but he also pointed out that it is an election year and he, too, is up for reelection. He said it is good the governor weighed in on the injustice but said it is his job to “try to nip this thing in the bud.”
Sexton asked Schmitt about violent crime in big cities and the police incidents that led to the Black Lives Matter movement, which, in turn, led to a swell of protests across the country.
Schmitt said it seems as though criminals have been emboldened and it is reaching epidemic like levels. He mentioned President Trump’s move to assist cities with federal forces under the banner of Operation Legend. Despite some Democrat-run cities and states, he said Missouri has an “unprecedented level of cooperation” with the White House.
He said local prosecutors, like Gardner, have not been as inclined to work with the federal government for the good of these cities. “They have their own agenda,” he said. “They’re not interested in prosecuting violent crimes so we have to work around that.