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CAIR-Missouri Says Governor’s Pardon of Couple Who Pointed Weapons at Peaceful BLM Protesters Encourages ‘Vigilante Action’

(MISSOURI, 8/4/2021) – The Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned Gov. Mike Parson’s pardoning of a couple who pointed weapons at peaceful Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters as they marched past the couple’s home in St. Louis last year.

Parson pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who pleaded guilty and were fined for pointing a pistol and an AR-15 style assault weapon at anti-racism protesters passing their home in June 2020 on the way to a rally against the police murder of George Floyd. The incident drew nationwide controversy.

SEE: Missouri Governor Pardons Couple Who Waved Guns at Protesters (AP)

“With these ill-advised pardons, Governor Parson is clearly encouraging potentially-deadly vigilante action targeting peaceful protesters and is sending the message that the pardon process is driven by politics, not justice,” said CAIR-MO Board Chair Yasir Ali. 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.   

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.        

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    

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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali,, 314-722-6116; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,