“Stand your ground” rally and protest on Sunday
Once again Rev. Al Sharpton is the most outspoken national black leader in a high-profile case.
This Sunday, his organization, the National Action Network, will lead a protest and rally in Clearwater, Florida, where last month 47-year old Michael Drejka shot and killed 29-year old Markeis McGlockton claiming self-defense under the state’s “stand your ground” law.
Furious that McGlockton’s girlfriend had parked in a handicapped spot, Drejka approached the car.
In a video of the incident, McGlockton angrily pushes Drejka to the ground. Drejka immediately pulls out a handgun and shoots McGlockton, who later dies of his wounds. His three young children witnessed the shooting.
Pinnelis County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri refused to arrest Drejka. In a Tampa Bay Times article, he says, “The law gives immunity to those in fear of their lives who use force to defend themselves.” He’s been widely criticized for his decision.
Yesterday, the case was turned over to the Florida’s State Attorney’s Office.
Don’t miss Part 2 of Trayvon Martin documentary
I read Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, so I knew much of what is shown in Part 1 of Jay-Z’s six-part documentary, Rest in Power, the Trayvon Martin Story.
Nevertheless, the documentary captures Fulton’s and Martin’s raw emotions, anger, and frustration in a way that words on paper do not. These parents had to endure not only the death of their 17-year old son, but the fact that shooter George Zimmerman seemed remorseless and was not charged with shooting the unarmed teenager.
Zimmerman pled self-defense and was acquitted.
In upcoming segments, the series will examine the media coverage of the killing and the implications of “stand your ground” laws.