Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. In a reversal by Florida law enforcement, who initially declined to charge a man claiming self-defense under the state’s “stand your ground” law , police have charged the white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a convenience store parking lot in July with manslaughter.
On Monday, prosecutors filed the charges against Michael Drejka, 47, who in a surveillance video can be seen shooting Markeis McGlockton, 28, in the chest over a parking space dispute. Drejka has been keeping a low profile since the shooting, when Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced that Drejka was protected by the state’s stand your ground law.
In the July 19 incident, McGlockton entered the convenience store with his 5-year-old son while his girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, sat in the car outside with their two other children, who were 3 years and 4 months old. They were parked in a handicapped-accessible space, and Drejka approached the car to argue with Jacobs about the spot. The argument grew loud, and McGlockton left the store to intervene. He pushed Drejka to the ground, and Drejka pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest. The 28-year-old man collapsed and […]