Stand Your Ground law protects white man who killed Black man over parking spot

July 23, 2018
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Once again, so-called Stand Your Ground laws have enabled white violence to prevail over Black justice. This time in the case of 47-year-old Michael Drejka who confronted a 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend about the couple being parked in a handicap space without a permit last week near Clearwater, FL. According to the local sheriff, McGlockton went us to Drejka “slammed him to the ground”. Seconds later, Drejka pulled out a handgun and shoot McGlockton in the chest, killing him on the scene. Police say Drejka told deputies that he was in fear of being attacked again.

During a news conference about the incident, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced that they would not be arresting Drejka for shooting and killing McGlockton in the confrontation, claiming his actions were protected by “stand your ground”—a law that gives immunity to those claiming to be in fear for their lives. The shooting “is within the bookends of ‘stand your ground’ and within the bookends of force being justified,” the sheriff said. “I’m not saying I agree with it, but I don’t make that call.”