LARGO – Prominent civil rights advocate Benjamin Crump has demanded justice for Markeis McGlockton's family on Thursday in front of the Pinellas County Justice Center.
"We're here to demand justice for the cold-blooded murder of Markeis McGlockton from self-styled would-be policeman Michael Drejka," Crump told reporters as they were flanked by McGlockton's parents and girlfriend, Britany Jacobs.
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McGlockton, in the shop with his 5 years – old son, got wind of the quarrel and went outside where he pushed Drejka to the ground
Drejka then pulled a gun and fatally shot McGlockton, 28
Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced last week that his agency would not arrest Drejka for alleging that he was afraid of another attack, fulfilling the criteria of Florida's self-defense law, "Stand your ground," to use lethal force.
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The sheriff's investigation will soon be forwarded to Pinellas-Pasco Law Firm, which will make the final decision as to whether to file an indictment. The prosecutors had not received the case this week.
Crump, whose law firm is in Tallahassee, drew comparisons with two earlier controversial cases that were "stand your ground". Both advised him in: Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old, who was shot dead in 2012 by a volunteer from the neighborhood who was later acquitted, and Corey Jones, a 31-year-old motorist, who in the hands of a civil servant same fate befell. A Palm Beach judge recently rejected the ex-officer's attempt to "hold his own".
Crump said, "The Sagittarius" is the initial aggressor, begins the confrontation, and then kills the unarmed black person, claiming it is self-defense.
"It is still ridiculous how you can claim that you are afraid of your life, but still approach the confrontation with the individual."
He and Clearwater attorney Michele Rayner, who questions he questioned the family and questioned how Drejka's fear could be considered reasonable – a requirement of the law – by pointing to surveillance video that McGlockton holds back while Drejka takes out his weapon.
Rayner counted to four to show how much time passed between when Drejka fell to the ground and the moment he pulled off the trigger.
"It took four seconds for Mr. Drejka to make that decision, the deliberate decision to assassinate Brandis McGlockton," Rayne
McGlockton's death has rekindled the debate over Florida's "stand your ground" lawsuit to retreat before violence was used to defend oneself during a violent encounter. Legislators also extended the law last year, shifting the burden of proof from the defense to the prosecutor.
Crump said he wanted lawmakers to change "stand your ground" so that an armed citizen could not claim immunity to initial aggression. He also said he would put "weapons responsibility laws" to protect Floridians from what he called "first shoot questions later mentality".
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The lawyer emphasized that race is a factor in this case, pointing out reports that Drejka, who is white, has a history of harassing black men in the store. The Tampa Bay Times confirmed such a report in which Drejka confronted a black man with racial slurs parked in the same place last month.
"Imagine the roles were reversed," Crump said, representing a scenario in which Jacobs and McGlockton were white and Drejka was black. "Does anyone have any doubt that he would have been arrested and taken to jail if he had not been shot in the parking lot? Why is it any different when an unarmed black person is lying dead on the floor?"
The death of Martin, who was black in 2012 by a white shooter, sparked discussions about how the breed plays a role in using "Stand your ground". George Zimmerman was acquitted on the death of the unarmed teenager.
Jacobs, 25, once took the microphones to talk about the effects of shooting on the couple's children. Her eldest son, a five-year-old son named after McGlockton himself, witnessed his father's death and their three-year-old and four-month-old children were in the backseat of their car during the confrontation.
Drejka "I cursed myself, pointed my finger at me, and now I have questions for my babies," she said. "And they ask me, 'Where is their father?' … We need justice. & # 39;