Yet another strange shooting in Florida has resulted in no charges, at least in the short term, for the shooter, who made good use of the ‘stand your ground,’ while defending himself from violence over a parking spot.
In an interesting twist, the deceased assailant’s girlfriend is now claiming that the shooter provoked him, and claims that he was looking for an excuse to be able to fight or shoot someone. She’s fighting the state’s stand your ground law, demanding ‘justice’ for her boyfriend. The media is trying to spin the incident, even though there is clear video evidence of what happened.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said that he doesn’t make the laws of the state, he enforces the laws of the state, and that the law of the state allows people to stand their ground in the face of violent assault from others who seek to do them ‘grievous’ bodily harm.
However, he didn’t say that the case was completely over; rather, Sheriff Gualtieri said that he would be sending it to the state attorney’s office for review, so that the state attorney could determine if this was an appropriate use of the legal concept of ‘Stand Your Ground.’
The sheriff went on to suggest that there was a massive burden of proof in order to overcome the ‘Stand Your Ground’ claim made by the shooter, Michael Drejka.
According to the video account and the information provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, at nearly 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, Britany Jacobs was sitting in her car, parked in a handicapped parking spot at the Circle A Food Store.
While the pair was in the store shopping, Jacobs and Drejka got into an argument, due to her decision to illegally park in the handicapped spot.
The senior McGlockton, 28 years of age, walked outside of the store, swiftly moved to Drejka, and shoved him to the ground.
While on the ground, the 47-year-old Drejka drew his pistol, and fired a single round into McGlockton’s chest, which struck him in the chest.
He then walked back into the store, and collapsed to his knees in front of his son.
Shortly after, Britany Jacobs rushed into the store and tried to help the injured man, and started to call someone. Meanwhile, multiple bystanders called the police.
When authorities arrived, Drejka cooperated with officers, and had already placed his firearm in the vehicle he drove, a Toyota 4-Runner.
Now, Jacobs is claiming that Drejka was simply looking for a fight, and that he was in the wrong for telling her off for being parked in a handicapped spot.
Jacobs says that her boyfriend came outside to try and ‘defuse’ the argument over her decision to take a spot meant for people who have physical issues.
It certainly doesn’t look like her boyfriend, who came outside and shoved the older man to the ground, was looking to ‘defuse’ the situation. There aren’t many places where shoving a person to the ground is considered ‘defusing’ anything.
She said that after Djerka sat up with a pistol, her boyfriend was ‘backing up’ because he was scared.
Some in the media, especially locally in Florida, seem to be looking to draw some sort of parallel between the shooting by Djerka and the shooting by George Zimmerman, which ended Trayvon Martin’s life.
Indeed, there is a similarity; namely, that someone initiated violence when it wasn’t necessary.
Trayvon Martin made the decision, instead of stating why he was creeping through yards, to pick a fight with an armed man.
Markeis McGlockton decided to violently assault a guy for yelling at his girlfriend because she parked in a handicapped spot, rather than going out there and using his words to actually attempt to defuse the situation.
It’s likely that Florida’s stand your ground law, which simply says that nobody has to attempt to retreat before defending themselves from a deadly threat, will find itself under attack in the near future.
Already, Jacobs is demanding that someone do ‘something’ because her boyfriend made a bad decision that got him shot.
In the end, it will be up to the Florida District Attorney to determine whether or not the shooting is outside the purview of the state’s SYG laws. However, pretending that the deceased was some sort of nice guy who was just trying to ‘defuse’ the situation is absurd, and even the Sheriff had to admit that the assault was extremely violent in nature.