The Washington Post was unable to independently confirm the couple's identity as of early Monday, at which point a video of the scene on social media had been viewed nearly 9 million times.
In multiple videos, including one that had more than 13 million views by Monday morning, Mark and Patricia McCloskey are seen aiming their weapons at the protestors.
Patricia is a member of the Missouri Bar Association ethics-review panel and Mark is now representing a black man who was kicked by a St. Louis police officer while trying to surrender in April 2019. An email and phone call from the Associated Press to police were not immediately answered.
Protesters are demanding her resignation in part for publicly revealing the names of several Black Lives Matter activists behind calls to defund police and close a local jail.
A demonstration in St. Louis led to a heart-pounding scene outside the home of one of the mayor's neighbors. The couple was confronting hundreds of protesters who passed through their gated community to urge Mayor Lyda Krewson to resign. Another called it "a move created to silence dissent". Following a number of tense confrontations over the weekend, more than 40,000 people signed an online petition calling on Krewson to resign.
She's since apologised for what was either an unbelievably boneheaded move or a thinly veiled intimidation tactic aimed at advocates for police reform (my money's on the latter).
A video of a St. Louis couple pointing guns at protesters on Sunday is going viral on Twitter. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed.
"As a leader, you don't do stuff like that.it's only right that we visit her at her home", said State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, D-St.