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Gardner staffer ordered crime lab to reassemble Patricia McCloskey's gun

#Eric Schmitt #Patricia McCloskey #Mayor Lyda Krewson #Mark McCloskey #News & Politics
ST. LOUIS — The gun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable when it arrived at the St. Louis police crime lab, but crime lab experts reassembled it and wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents filed Monday, 5 On Your Side has learned.

In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged.

Crime lab staff members field stripped the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to the documents.

Firearms experts then put the gun back together in the correct order and test-fired it, finding that it worked, according to the documents.

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Excerpt of document obtained by 5 On Your Side showing Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley's orders to crime lab experts.
Crime lab workers photographed the disassembly and reassembly of the gun, according to the documents.

Patricia McCloskey and her husband, Mark McCloskey, have said the handgun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable because they had used it as a prop during a lawsuit they once filed against a gun manufacturer. In order to bring it into a courtroom, they made it inoperable.

Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, confirmed to 5 On Your Side that the McCloskeys intentionally misplaced the firing pin on the gun and that it was in that condition when Patricia McCloskey waved it at protesters and turned it into their former attorney Al Watkins.

“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.

A spokeswoman for Gardner wrote: "We can't comment on a pending case."

There is no reference to the operating condition of the gun in the probable cause statement police wrote on the case. The only reference to it is contained in the charging document with Hinckley’s name on it.

The McCloskeys have become somewhat of a household name ever since photos of them pointing guns at protesters went viral June 28. The protesters were marching past their house along a private, gated street on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house after Krewson read the names and addresses of those who wrote letters to her asking her to shutter the city’s jail, known as the Workhouse.

Mark McCloskey was holding a rifle. His wife was holding a silver handgun.

Most legal experts say Missouri law is not on Gardner’s side in this case because it allows people to defend their property with lethal force under what’s known as the Castle Doctrine.

Her decision to charge them has now garnered commentary from local and national Republicans including President Donald Trump, whose press secretary called it "abuse of power.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has said he will pardon the couple if they are convicted.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a legal briefing asking that the case be dismissed.
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Tampering with evidence isn't a surprise after tampering with the constitution.

by Buttercup 2 months ago

Tampering with evidence in order to go after the couple further, Kim needs to resign.

by Skaggles the Squirrel 2 months ago

Why does the liberal mayor live in a gated community? She doesnt feel safe to live in a house accessible by the general public? WHY NOT??

by TeaPartyVik 2 months ago


by Battlecam0 2 months ago

...literally trying to railroad this couple, right before our eyes

by Gregory Knocks 2 months ago

This is uncalled for, this should be investigated to the fullest.

by Steve Harcar 2 months ago

Love that KSDK shows the original video footage of Mrs McCloskey on her lawn. KMOV cropped out the lawn to fit their biased narrative.

by Kate Lily 2 months ago

Please keep bringing more content like this: factually based, non biased.

by Marcus Kiner 2 months ago

The corrupt prosecutors probably assumed the McCloskey’s thought the gun was operable. I hope they are charged with evidence tampering and sent to jail. Awful.

by L 2 months ago

Whoever that "someone" is in the prosecutors office should be identified and arrested immediately. Evidence should be presented to a court as is, not how the prosecutor wants it to be. This is a complete stitch up, a politically motivated prosecution, the powers that be are sacraficing these two law abiding tax paying Anerican citizens to the blood hungry revenge seeking anti establishment BLM movement. Its shameful stuff.

by dave diamond 2 months ago

THIS is what REAL journalism looks like! Great work!!

by L 2 months ago

They where defending their home!!👍😜💯 .I probably would of shot me a M.F or two!!

by Terrell Royal 2 months ago

Isn't tampering with evidence illegal?? This just keeps getting worse and worse. The police know it's wrong.

by Oil Straight 2 months ago

The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel is an agency of the Missouri Supreme Court and is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by lawyers, prosecuting the cases where a lawyer’s misconduct poses a threat to the public or to the integrity of the legal profession, and maintaining current records of disciplinary information for lawyers licensed to practice law in Missouri. When lawyers enter the practice of law in Missouri, they obligate themselves to uphold the law and to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct governing members of The Missouri Bar. The purpose of attorney discipline is to protect the public and the administration of justice from attorneys who have not discharged their professional duties to clients, the public, the legal system, and the legal profession. The professional conduct of attorneys is governed by Supreme Court Rule 4 and the discipline process is governed by Supreme Court Rule 5.

by Jack Sprat 2 months ago

Obviously, in Kim Gardner's search for the truth, if she has to tamper with the evidence, and break the law in doing so, she's seeking to appease Soros' confidence in her that she will lie or cheat or whatever for Soros' next $80,000! Gardner has NO sense of justice, but her sense of lucre is just fine!

by charles lowther 2 months ago

Also the media doesnt show that there were at least one person in this random mob of people pointing a firearm at them. They cropped it out.

by M B 1 month ago

Can u imagine the power trip the democrats would have if they get power. There would be no ounce of mercy from that side/group if the tables were turned.

by M B 1 month ago

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