St Louis’s McCloskeys Sue Photographer Who Made Them (In)Famous
Under indictment by a St. Louis prosecutorial team that is intent on standing up for Black Lives Matter protesters even in the face of every constitutional law on the books, Mark and Patricia McCloskey are turning up the heat. The couple, who found themselves turned into the biggest conservative villains since Nick Sandmann when they had the audacity to protect their property from wild, trespassing protesters this summer, are filing a lawsuit against the photographer whose snaps made them famous.
From Fox News:
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both personal injury attorneys in their 60s, filed a lawsuit Friday against United Press International shutterbug Bill Greenblatt over his June 28 snap, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The photo — which shows Mark wielding an AR-15 rifle in a pink polo shirt and khaki slacks, with Patricia by his side holding a semiautomatic handgun — contributed to the couple’s “significant national recognition and infamy,” the suit states.
The defendants, including Greenblatt and UPI, are profiting from “T-shirts, masks, and other items, and licensing use of photographs bearing Plaintiffs’ likenesses, without obtaining Plaintiffs’ consent,” the court documents claim.
The McCloskeys claim that Greenblatt was trespassing on their property when he took the photographs. In addition to the photographer, the McCloskeys are suing print-on-demand shop Redbubble for selling shirts and other merchandise featuring their image. Many of the products, they complain in the suit, are accompanied by “mocking and pejorative tagline or captions” which have caused the couple “humiliation, mental anguish, and severe emotional distress.”
“Defendants acted outrageously and beyond all reasonable bounds of decency, with their conduct regarded as atrocious and intolerable by any member of a civilized society,” the suit argues.
Few Americans have been treated as unfairly as the McCloskeys over the last six months, and their fate stands as a stark warning to anyone and everyone who chooses to stand with law and order rather than with wilding, unhinged protesters. That they are being prosecuted for the “crime” of standing in their own yard with legal arms is a travesty of justice, and Missouri’s governor had better live up to his promise of giving them a pardon.
Better yet, a jury should acquit the couple and send these Democrat prosecutors back to law school.