The St. Louis couple who brandished guns at protesters passing their home have sued a news photographer who documented the event, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey filed a lawsuit Friday that accuses UPI’s Bill Greenblatt of trespassing on their property to take photographs.

The suit also names the news service and Redbubble, a company with U.S. headquarters in San Francisco that makes print-on-demand products from user-submitted designs. The McCloskeys claim the dissemination of Greenblatt’s images has caused them “humiliation, mental anguish and severe emotional distress,” the Post-Dispatch said.

T-shirts for sale on Redbubble label the couple “Ken & Karen,” pejorative shorthand for people having an inflated sense of entitlement.

The suit does not name Laurie Skrivan, the Post-Dispatch photographer whose images were used by the Associated Press.

The McCloskeys, who are personal-injury lawyers in their 60s, stood outside their home in a gated neighborhood of St. Louis on June 28 and yelled at protesters who were on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson. Patricia McCloskey held a handgun, and her husband had a rifle.

The couple was indicted last month by a St. Louis grand jury for unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Each charge is a felony and carries a sentence of up to four years in jail and a fine of $10,000.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest,” the city’s chief prosecutor said when she filed charges.

The evidence tampering charge concerns the handgun Patricia McCloskey held. She contended it was a prop gun and was inoperative on June 28; prosecutors say she tampered with it before it was turned over to police.





By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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