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The man who shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a Circle A parking lot will not be charged because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law. This announcement sparked a protest on Sunday in the parking lot where the incident took place.

According to USA Today, it all started when Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend drove into a handicapped parking spot while he walked into the Circle A store.

Michael Drejka was frustrated when he saw McGlockton’s girlfriend illegally parked in the handicapped spot. Mr. Drejka had previously complained about people parking illegally in handicapped spots, reports the NY Times. Drejka and the girlfriend started yelling at each other after he complained to her about parking there, according to deputies.

In surveillance video you can see Mr. McGlockton walk outside and shove Mr. Drejka, causing him to fall to the ground. Mr. McGlockton then backed away from Mr. Drejka. While on the ground Drejka took out a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest. Sheriff Gualtieri said this brief retreat gave him “pause,” but Mr. Drejka told the authorities that he was in fear that he was going to be struck again, reports the NY Times.

McGlockton’s girlfriend and their 5-year-old son witnessed the shooting.

Drejka is being cooperative with law enforcement and told them he was fearful for his life, reports USA Today,

“After being slammed to the ground, he felt he was going to be further attacked,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Protesters say they feel very strongly that this shouldn’t have fallen under “Stand Your Ground” because of how it all happened.

More than 20 states have “stand your ground” laws which allow a person to use deadly force if they think they’re about to face, “imminent death or great bodily harm.” The law has been criticized by parents of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin.

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8 thoughts on “Man Won’t Face Charges After Shooting Father In Florida Parking Lot

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  2. African American Woman on said:

    People need to keep their hands to themselves…being an aggressor and assaulting others may just get you killed…on the other hand, I don’t understand people’s fascination with guns…allowing someone to carry a deadly weapon on them only serves to provide false bravado…getting up and fighting the guy, which would have been self defense and then let the police deal with the aggressor with the appropriate charges.

  3. Y’all young folks don’t have respect for anyone, see what happens when you get thug out and assault people. I’m not agreeing with the killing but the thug in y’all ladies and young man sometimes gets the last laugh.

  4. kmann on said:

    What if it was reversed and the white guy pushed the black man and he shot the white guy.It wouldn’t be no stand your ground.The black would be arrested immediately.Because there was no threat to this guy if he is the only one with a gun and the initial aggressor.

  5. americanize on said:

    Markeis had his god given right to protect his family from a aggressive white supremist terrorist,his only mistake was he wasn,t armed.Black America you better armed yourselves and get license to carry the white race is armed to the teeth,and every white person in America has been deputize.The stand your ground law was not created for black people. Black America we’re in a race war.

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