PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida – Sheriff Pinellas County's Bob Gualtieri approached the media on Tuesday to explain his decision, but Michael Drejka, the shooter in Stand Your Ground, who caught the country's attention to arrest.
Although the press conference should include members of the NAACP Clearwater Branch and the Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance, both organizations have canceled less than 30 minutes prior to the meeting. NAACP later stated in a statement, "We have no intention of standing with the sheriff on this issue, we continue to demand justice, the sheriff mentioned that he thought we were on the same page, but the side we were on is that we are you are still demanding an arrest, "wrote Marva McWhite, president of the NAACP branch. McWhite further stated that they will continue to urge the prosecutor's office to "demand justice" since the sheriff indicated that "the bus has left his station".
WATCH | Pinellas County Sheriff Holds News Conference to Declare Decision not to Arrest "Stand Your Ground" Shooter
Sheriff Gualtieri faces his decision not to arrest the Clearwater Resident Michael Drejka in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.
"Not all evidence has been published, it has not been seen by the public or the media, an opinion can not be made without any evidence," said Gualtieri on Tuesday, adding that the case will be handed to the prosecutor later this week becomes.
The sheriff also says the case should not be viewed as a racial issue, as high-ranking lawyer Ben Crump said at the end of last week: "People draw irresponsible conclusions, it's wrong and disinterested to say that this is a racial issue is, "said Gualtieri. "There are people who left immediately" I do not see the race card with this case "Stand Your Ground." Race has no bearing on this arrest, not arresting Drejka because he knows it's nonsense. "
Sheriff Gualtieri said Also, he does not believe that Drejka should be present "We will not continue arresting We will continue to investigate We will send this to the prosecutor Dreyka will not stay in prison until this decision is made."
Angry e, "added Gualtieri.
" He got away with murder ": The victim's family does not believe" Stand Your Ground "is justified in deadly Clearwater shots
" I'm not wrong. I know the standard of the law very well. "The sheriff added that many protested against his decision not to arrest Drejka." I do not do the law and do not do what people want because of indignation I do not like the law, then change it. "
Sheriff Gualtieri also told media outlets on Tuesday that Drejka is no longer in possession of the gun used in the shootings and that they do not expect him to flee the state or country.