Gun-toting St. Louis couple sue photographer
Mark and Patricia McCloskey now say photographer Bill Greenblatt was trespassing while taking their picture.
The infamous St. Louis couple that held guns up to Black Lives Matter protesters in their neighborhood has sued Bill Greenblatt, an international photographer for the United Press, and the United Press itself.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey are currently facing weapons charges for their actions toward protesters, but they’re now claiming Greenblatt trespassed on their property while capturing photos of the two.
According to NBC, newspaper photographers are legally allowed to shoot in public areas, though it should be noted that the McCloskeys live on a private street.
The McCloskeys are claiming that Greenblatt’s photograph has contributed to their notoriety on a national scale.
The McCloskeys are also suing Redbubble, a printing service, for profiting off of “t-shirts, masks and other items, and licensing use of photographs bearing Plaintiffs’ likenesses, without obtaining Plaintiffs’ consent,” according to the lawsuit. They claim Redbubble has cause them mental anguish and emotional distress.
As was noted by someone on Twitter, the McCloskeys reportedly made cards from Greenblatt’s photo.
In a pre-recorded video broadcast on the first night of the virtual Republican National Convention in August, the couple condemned leftists. They were indicted by a grand jury in early October.
As theGrio reported, the McCloskeys argued that under the Second Amendment, they have the right to bear arms. They also claim that under a Missouri law called the castle doctrine, they were legally allowed to use deadly force to protect their home against intruders.
Both President Donald Trump and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, have said they would pardon the couple if they were convicted of any crimes.