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Press Release: Global Justice Ecology Project

Photo: Wes Schnitker

For Immediate Release 06/30/2020      Contact +1.314.210.1322, Steve Taylor in St. Louis

Videographer Chris Phillips Counters McCloskey’s Claim of Being Pro Black Lives Matter

New York – St. Louis videographer Chris Phillips and Global Justice Ecology Project photographer Orin Langelle issued statements today regarding the reported display of an assault rifle and handgun by St. Louis based attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey during a Black Lives Matter protest.

On the evening of Sunday, June 28, protesters were marching to St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to protest her release of names and addresses of individuals supporting the defunding of police.

Phillips was filming the protest. A Reuter’s photograph shows Patricia McCloskey pointing a handgun at Phillips, who is African-American. Phillips, who owns Maverick Media, has documented protests in Ferguson, MO following the police killing in 2014 of Mike Brown in Ferguson, as well as recent protests in Minneapolis over the police killing of George Floyd.

Phillips and Langelle previously released a joint statement regarding the misuse of “less lethal” weapons by police against popular uprisings in the U.S. and Chile respectively.

Regarding the incident on Sunday, Phillips stated:

“The McCloskeys created a dangerous situation by brandishing weapons at a peaceful crowd headed toward St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home. That was the only reason the demonstrators stopped there. The protest destination was not the McCloskeys, but the home of the Mayor, several blocks away.”

“I reject the McCloskey’s press statement claiming support of Black Lives Matter because if that were the case, they would not have threatened the very lives they claimed to support.”

Orin Langelle stated: “This disgusting display was typical of the wealthy and those who live in mansions versus the ‘others’ in this world who are supposed to wait for some ‘trickle down’ magic that never quite materializes.”

“Thanks to Black Lives Matter, these contradictions are being brought to light and now hopefully the people will succeed in advancing systemic change – politicians only put bandaids on gushing wounds.”

Additionally, less than two weeks ago, Chris Phillips was the guest on Earth Watch, a GJEP partnered show that runs every Thursday on Margaret Prescod’s Sojourner Truth. It is a nationally broadcasted program on Pacific Radio in Los Angeles, CA.


  1. Stephen Melkisethian

    Thanks for bringing some clarification to a story that has been mangled by the corporate press and social media.


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