"I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it".
"We were all alone facing an angry mob", said the man, who apparently refused to allow his name to be published. She added that her office is "currently working with the public and police to investigate these events".
Camera IconDonald Trump retweeted ABC vision of the confrontation. He deleted the tweet about three hours after posting it, and a White House spokesperson said Trump had not heard the man make the "white power" statement.
Trump also blasted Princeton University's weekend announcement it was removing former USA president Woodrow Wilson's name from its schools over his racist remarks and policies.
Supporters of the protesters turned the McCloskeys into memes.
"The peaceful protesters were not the subject of scorn or disdain by the McCloskeys", the couple's attorney, Albert S. Watkins, told CNN.
Camera IconA BLM protester captures vision of the couple brandishing their guns.
The couple said protesters had broken an iron gate to the private street in their neighborhood.
The couple, he said, was hesitant to come forward with the full story out of fear that they would "disparage the importance of Black Lives Matter".
The protesters were calling for her resignation. Take the cops with you'. The McCloskeys had been inside their home when they heard loud activity outside and saw "a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with "No Trespassing" and "Private Street" signs", St. Louis police said.
Video on social media showed protesters walking through the gate.
Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. Protestors specifically called out Krewson for her decision to release the names and addresses of residents who had participated in anti-police brutality actions. The video was removed and Krewson apologized the same day, saying she didn't intend to cause distress.
At the time of publication, it's been retweeted more than 30,000 times.
On Sunday, the group of about 500 protesters were marching towards Krewson's home to demand her resignation.
The Princeton decision is part of a sweeping reassessment of historical icons and monikers amid growing calls for racial justice following the killing of Black Americans, including George Floyd, whose death under the knee of a white police officer roused world protests. Floyd was pronounced dead May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes.