A recent decision by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office not to charge a man who shot and killed another man in a convenience store parking lot because of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law had people rallying Sunday night.
The shooter is protected from arrest under the "Stand Your Ground" law and on Saturday, people gathered at the scene of the shooting to protest the Florida law.
"I'm going to enforce it the way it's written".
A few months ago, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Rick Kelly parked his tanker truck in the same handicapped spot and said he was confronted by Drejka.
It all started when Markeis McGlockton's girlfriend drove into a parking spot while he walked into the Circle A store.
McGlockton and his five-year-old son get out of the auto and go into the convenience store while his girlfriend Jacobs waits in the driver's seat. Drejka then pulled out his handgun and shot his assailant, who then wheeled away, clutching his chest. "And he pushed him with great force".
Drejka reportedly approached McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs, 24, in the vehicle while McGlockton was in a supermarket with their son. McGlockton fell to the ground inside the store and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The law was spotlighted following the 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin when jurors discussed the statute in their deliberations before deciding to find George Zimmerman not guilty.
"He's not too good", Jacobs said of the boy. The sheriff cited Floridas controversial self-defense law, commonly known as "stand your ground", in his announcement. "No matter how you slice it or dice it that was a violent push to the ground".
The father was fatally shot in front of his family after an argument over a handicapped parking spot at the Circle A Food Store located at 1201 Sunset Point Road in Clearwater on Thursday.
Detectives said Drejka was cooperative with investigators and has a valid concealed weapons license with the state. And Rich Kelly, who frequents the store, claimed Drejka picked a fight with him over a parking spot about a month ago, calling him racial slurs and threatening to kill him, WFTS reported.
A sign posted outside Drejka's home Friday said "No Comment" in bold letters, according to WFTS. It's messed up. Markeis is a good man.