UPDATE: Stand your ground update
Deadly altercation over parking spot caught on camera.
(Police say a Florida man will face no charges for shooting another man dead in a parking lot after an argument last week.
Last Thursday, Markeis McGlockton parked in a handicap spot with his girlfriend and three young kids before going inside a convenience store with his five-year-old son to buy snacks. Outside, Michael Drejka approached McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs. Jacobs says Drejka yelled at her for parking in a handicapped spot without a permit.
Surveillance footage shows McGlockton then walked out of the store and shoved Drejka to the ground. Drejka pulled out his gun and fired a single shot at McGlockton in the chest.
Drejka has a concealed weapons permit and told police he shot McGlockton because he feared for his life.
The sheriff’s office says he is protected by Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when fearing “imminent death or great bodily harm” without a duty to try to escape the danger.
But Jacobs says McGlockton backed away from Drejka after he pushed him.
“This is wrong,”. “Because what my man was trying to do was protect his girl like anybody else would.”)
I myself am so sorry for what happened there, but why does avery altercation with a white man and a black man have to be called racist because the two people are a different color. I am so sick of it, it’s all you hear now a days. why can’t it just be two people that can’t get along.
I have seen lazy people park in the handicapped spots all the time and I think it’s wrong too and the only reason I have not said anything was I was afraid of what people will do if you say anything to them. You see what happens when you speak up.
Surveillance video showed McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka hard to the ground.
He should never have put his hands on anyone because of something they were saying.
According to Gualtieri, Drejka feared “he was going to be further attacked by McGlockton,” he said as he played the surveillance footage. “He felt the next thing was that he was going to be slammed again.”
“We have to recognize that if Markeis McGlockton hadn’t walked up to him the way he did and slammed him on the ground, we wouldn’t be here having this discussion,” Gualtieri added.
Under Stand Your Ground, someone who feels they’re at risk of bodily harm or death can legally use lethal force, rather than retreat from the perceived threat. Critics of the the law, however, argue the language enables racism and racial profiling. Protesters gathered at the Circle K convenience store over the weekend to demand justice for McGlockton.
McGlockton’s criminal record includes drug charges, petit theft, and an aggravated battery arrest that all happened before 2011.
Full Name: Markeis D Mcglockton
Time: 9:12 PM
Arresting Agency: CLEARWATER POLICE
Total Bond: $2500
Current Age: 28
Block: 1100 Palm Bluff St
City: Clearwater, Florida 33755
Weight: 180 lbs
Hair Color: BLK
Eye Color: BRO
Place of Birth: FL
#1 AGGRAVATED BATTERY DOMESTIC
#2 RESISTING ARREST W/VIOLENCE
#3 DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Black lives do matter. Of course, we should all teach our children to be respectful of authority and their elders, but that can only go so far when you are minding your own business and someone starts harassing you and you should never put your hands on anyone because of something they were saying.