Al Sharpton, the dad and mom of Trayvon Martin and political leaders attended a rally in Clearwater, Florida, on Sunday protesting the state’s controversial “stand your floor” legislation following the dying of a Black man final month, Fox 13 experiences.
Sharpton organized the Rally for Justice in response to the dying of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, a Black man who was shot and killed outdoors a Clearwater comfort retailer over a handicapped parking spot on July 19.
Police mentioned Michael Drejka, 47, confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, for parking in a handicap parking spot.
McGlockton, who was contained in the Circle A Meals Retailer, went outdoors to defend his girlfriend and pushed Drejka to the bottom, leading to Drejka pulling out his handgun and taking pictures him within the chest, surveillance video reveals.
“How are you going to have a civilian turn into the choose and jury over whether or not anyone ought to dwell?” Sharpton requested on the rally. “That’s what this legislation represents. Additionally it is disproportionately used to the drawback of blacks.”
Legislation enforcement officers mentioned on the time that the altercation was “throughout the bookends of ‘stand your floor’ and throughout the bookends of drive being justified.” Drejka allegedly instructed authorities that he feared for his life.
Sharpton was joined by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, dad and mom of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman claimed self-defense when he killed Martin and beneath the state’s “stand your floor” legislation was initially shielded from arrest, which resulted in nationwide outrage.
Activists at Sunday’s rally felt that “stand your floor” mustn’t apply within the McGlockton incident as a result of Drejka was not at his residence when he killed him.
“Properly, why he did it was clear to me, that he was simply wanting for a chance to kill somebody,” Tiuanna Pavlov instructed Fox 13. “He wants his day in court docket. And, this isn’t a clear-cut case he was not standing his floor at residence.”