By: K. Walker
ClashDaily Associate Editor
Did this bro go too far or was he ‘standing his ground’? Here’s the 411.
One case in Clearwater, Florida is putting a spotlight on the ‘stand your ground’ law in the state.
Police have cleared 47-year Michael Drejka in the shooting of 28-year old Markeis McGlockton on Thursday after a dispute over a parking spot at a convenience store.
McGlockton was in the passenger seat of a 2016 Chrysler 2000. His girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, 25, was driving the car and stopped at a Circle-A food store at 3:27 pm to pick up some snacks. McGlockton went into the store with his 5-year old son and Jacobs parked in a handicapped parking spot despite other spots in the lot available. While McGlockton was in the store, Drejka confronted Jacobs and told her that she shouldn’t park there. Police say that the confrontation became ‘heated’ but didn’t involve any threats.
Another customer entered the store and told the clerk that there was a disturbance outside. McGlockton left his son in the store and rushed out to see what was going on. When McGlockton saw the exchange with his girlfriend, he shoved Drejka to the ground. Drejka, who has a valid concealed carry permit, while still on his knees pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest.
McGlockton stumbled back into the store and collapsed in front of his 5-year old son.
Jacobs was still in the car with the couple’s two other children, a 3-year old and a 4-month old.
The shooting ‘is within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified,’ Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at a recorded press conference on Friday.
‘I’m not saying I agree with it, but I don’t make that call,’ the sheriff added.
Protests have erupted in the controversial shooting and Britany Jacobs has come to the defense of her boyfriend.
Of course, we’re talking about ‘stand your ground’ in Florida, so the case against ‘white Hispanic’ George Zimmerman had to be brought up.
Florida’s self-defense law, like the laws in 26 other states, is known as ‘stand your ground’, authorizing deadly force in self-defense with no duty to retreat from an attacker. The Florida law stirred controversy in particular when it was successfully invoked in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Sheriff Gualtieri said that Drejka appeared to act out of fear for his safety within the bounds of the law, but that the case would be handed over to prosecutors for a final determination.
‘I’m a firm believe in the adage just because you can doesn’t mean you should,’ Gualtieri said. ‘But I’ll also say this, I’m also not going to substitute my judgement for Drejka’s judgement sitting on that ground, after having been slammed to the ground.’
‘He made a decision. So it really doesn’t matter what I would have done or what anybody else would have done… he’s just a citizen, and he felt he had to defend himself.’
Source: Daily Mail
One expert says that McGlockton was backing off once Drejka pulled out his gun.
Not only that, it seems that Drejka had made a big deal about people parking in handicapped spots without a permit before.
Another man says he had the same argument with the suspected shooter a month ago.
“He flipped out saying he would shoot me. So when I left he called the owner of my company stating he was going to kill me,” Rich Kelly told WFTS.
Kelly says the man was upset he parked in a handicapped space.Source: ABC 13
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