U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is urging Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis’ elected prosecutor.
Hawley is accusing Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of abusing her power in her investigation of a white couple who wielded guns while defending their home during a protest.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey are being investigated by Gardner’s office for the June 28 confrontation when several hundred protesters marched by their $1.15 million mansion. The couple said the marchers knocked down an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs. They emerged with weapons — him with a long-barreled gun, her with a small handgun.