CLEARWATER, Fla- A recent decision not to sue a man who shot another man in a parking lot in a grocery store because Florida's "stand your ground" law triggered the protest on Sunday night.
Protesters gathered in the Circle A store at Sunset Point in Clearwater – the scene of the shoot – to express their frustration at how the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office handled the case.
It all started when Markeis McGlockton's girlfriend drove into a taxi During a press conference on Friday, Pinellas County sheriff Bob Gualtieri said a regular grocery customer was frustrated when he saw McGlockton's girlfriend illegally parked in the disabled parking lot  The customer and the girlfriend started yelling at each other after the customer complained to them about parking, MEPs said.
Another customer went in to tell the manager about a failure outside. McGlockton went outside and pushed the customer to the ground.
While lying on the ground, the man shot and punched McGlockton in the chest. McGlockton was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Britany Jacobs, McGlockton's friend, told Good Morning America that the couple's 5-year-old son was also witnessing the shooting.
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The man who shot him cooperates with MPs and tells them he is worried about his life.
"After being knocked to the ground, he felt that he would be further attacked," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
More than 20 states have "stood your ground" laws, which are usually the use of deadly force for self-defense without the duty to try to escape. "Stand your ground" allows a person to use lethal force when they think they are on the brink of imminent death, "imminent death, or major bodily harm." The law was criticized by parents of murdered black teens Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin.
The protesters say the circumstances of the incident should not classify it as a "stand your ground" case. Hundreds demanded arrest in the case.
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