St. Louis officials will not prosecute nine people who were charged with trespassing after a confrontation with a gun-wielding couple during a demonstration. The nine people were part of a group that entered a private and gated St. Louis neighborhood during a racial injustice protest in June. Mark and Patricia McCloskey say they were defending their home from the protesters. They have been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, which is a felony. Deputy City Counselor Michael Garvin said Tuesday prosecution of the nine protesters on the misdemeanor charges is not warranted. He also said residents who are trustees of the private neighborhood said they didn’t want to pursue trespassing charges.
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