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Florida has a stand your ground law that allows someone who feels they are being physically threatened may use deadly force to protect themselves. The question is, who determines what the threat is or can you judge someone who is being physically attacked?

This will be the central question at the trial of Michael Drejka of Florida who is being charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. Drejka and another person were disputing over a handicapped parking spot when McGlockton walked up and shoved Drejka to the pavement and then stood a couple feet away in a menacing manor, indicative of more physical assault. That’s when Drejka pulled his gun and shot him.

The police initially cleared Drejka of any wrong doing, citing the stand your ground law, but after a lot of public outcry, the prosecutor filed manslaughter charges against Drejka.

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(Vox) – Michael Drejka, who shot an unarmed black man in a Florida parking lot, has been charged with manslaughter.

The prosecutor’s decision comes despite Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s previous comments that he wouldn’t arrest and charge Drejka due to Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Gualtieri suggested that the law shielded Drejka from charges. But it was ultimately up to prosecutors to make the final charging decision, and State Attorney Bernie McCabe announced that he was filing charges on Monday.

Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton on July 19, during a dispute over a handicap space. Based on surveillance video and reports of the encounter, McGlockton and his 5-year-old son were in the Circle A Food Store in Clearwater, Florida, on July 19 when Drejka approached their car, which was parked in a handicap space. McGlockton’s partner, Britany Jacobs, was in the car with the couple’s other kids. Drejka and Jacobs began arguing over whether McGlockton and Jacobs were allowed to park there.

McGlockton then came out of the convenience store and pushed Drejka to the ground…

The real issue here is one of race. McGlockton is black and Drejka isn’t and it was the black community that pressured the prosecutor’s office to charge Drejka with a crime. They claim it was a race shooting, ignoring the fact, as seen on the video, that McGlockton was the aggressor and instigator. Some claim McGlockton was backing away from Drejka after shoving him to the ground, but he was still facing Drejka in a threatening manner, which was perceived by Drejka as eminent danger.




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