Pinellas County, Florida, Sheriff's Office via AP
A jury has convicted Michael Drejka, a white man from Florida, who shot dead an unarmed black man, Markeis McGlockton, in July 2018 when the two men were discussing the use of a wheelchair accessible parking lot at a Clearwater supermarket fight.
The prosecution said the incident began when Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend in the parked car in a disabled room. They said McGlockton was in the store, and when he returned with the couple's 5-year-old son, the quarrel escalated and McGlockton knocked Drejka to the ground.
The scene's surveillance video shows Drejka, who has a Hidden Carrying license, pulling his gun and firing a deadly shot at McGlockton.
The sheriff of Pinellas County, Bob Gualtieri, initially did not arrest Drejka because he believed the "attitude" your ground "law applied.
The law, as described by The Associated Press, is a lengthy law "It generally states that a shoot-out is justified if a reasonable person in these circumstances would believe that they are in mortal danger or serious bodily harm. But it also means that the shooter could not have instigated the conflict.
Bob Gualtieri, sheriff of Pinellas County, told MEPs, "When he was there … he was scared … next McGlockton will attack him again." 19659008] A few weeks later, after protests, During the deliberations, the jury sent a note to the judge confusing them with the law of self-defense, according to AP The judge said he could only read the law to them again.
As The guilty verdict was announced by Tampa Bay Times : "In the front row of the gallery, McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs threw her hands and clapped. A woman sobbed. McGlockton's father squeezed his elbows as followers squeezed his shoulder. His mother hugged the family.
The judge ordered Drejka to stay in custody until sentenced and could serve up to 30 years in prison.