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St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office Busted Altering Pistol To Classify As Lethal In McCloskey Case

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Published on: July 22, 2020

The person who ordered the tampering of evidence should not only be immediately fired, but charged with a crime and justice brought swiftly against their actions as it has been revealed that someone in Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered the crime lab to disassemble and reassemble the pistol that Patricia McCloskey waved at trespassers in June because it was nothing more than a non-operable “prop.”  Needless to say, they were busted.

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KSDK5 reports:

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In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.

Firearms experts then put the gun back together in the correct order and test-fired it, finding that it worked, according to the documents.

Here’s the evidence.

Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, confirmed to 5 On Your Side that the McCloskeys intentionally misplaced the firing pin on the gun and that it was in that condition when Patricia McCloskey waved it at protesters and turned it into their former attorney Al Watkins.

“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.

Here’s the report.

Shortly after the McCloskeys drove the crowd of trespassers away, they returned in greater numbers, but the McCloskeys had armed security by that time.

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What’s even more interesting is Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s connection to George Soros.

We previously reported:

Gardner, a Democrat, was elected circuit attorney of St. Louis in 2016, running on a campaign that promised to reform and rebuild trust in the criminal justice system and reduce violent crime.

She was criticized ahead of the election for releasing a political ad paid for by the Safety and Justice Super PAC that was at least partially funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The total funds donated by the super PAC were at least $190,750, according to the report, with Soros giving at least $30,000. It was not immediately clear what her campaign budget was or who else contributed.

Gardner at the time told the paper that she had no regrets about accepting help from the super PAC.

Soros is known for backing left-wing causes across the globe, having last year used his super PAC to successfully boost two liberal prosecutor candidates in Virginia over incumbent Democrats.

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