Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin family attorney to speak out against 'stand your ground' law
Posted on 07/26/2018 7:29:55 AM PDT by rarestia
The attorney who represents Trayvon Martin's family is expected to hold a news conference on what he calls a discriminatory "stand your ground" law following the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton at a Circle A Food store last week.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the state attorney are expected to make a decision in this stand your ground case as a memorial for McGlockton is continuing to grow outside the store where he was shot.
His family held a big press conference two days ago asking prosecutors to charge the man who shot him, Michael Drejka, with murder.
And even more pressure on a national stage on Thursday as the attorney who is representing the family of Trayvon Martin comes to town.
Benjamin Crump will hold a press conference Thursday morning in Clearwater demanding justice for McGlockton and an amendment to what he calls a discriminatory "stand your ground" law.
The state attorney for Pinellas County Bernie McCabe has not made a decision if he will charge Drejka with murder.
Deputies said the argument started at the Circle A Food Store at 1201 Sunset Point Road Thursday, July 19, when McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs pulled her Chrysler sedan into a handicapped parking space.
After McGlockton and their 5-year-old son went into the store, Drejka approached Jacobs and the two began arguing about the parking space, authorities said.
According to a witness, when 28-year-old McGlockton came out of the store and saw what was happening, he pushed Drejka to the ground.
That is when Drejka, 47, opened fire, killing McGlockton.
On Thursday, Crump will argue that Drejka initiated the violent encounter, not McGlockton and that McGlockton was stepping back from Drejka when Drejka pulled his concealed handgun and fired the fatal shot.
"What this vigilante want-to-be cop should have done is called the police. He shouldn't have taken the law in to his own hands, this whole thing would have been avoided," declared Crump.
Prosecutors are now grappling with that big issue. The push that was captured on video was against Drejka. With the push to the ground and it was only then that Drejka pulled his concealed handgun.
However, that is where things get legally murky. Does Drejka have legal protection for pulling the trigger? Even though it appears McGlockton was starting to back away from him.
The one big problem with the video is that there is no audio, so there is no way to tell what is being said or when exactly the gun is fired.
That is something only investigators are privy too and the state attorney is still trying to sort all of that out.
Florida's "stand your ground" law recently changed so that the burden of proof now falls on the prosecution, not the defense.
How about the black community (and Hispanics) step up and speak out about gang violence and cultural issues leading their youth down the wrong path? Or is it not my right to speak up about that because I'm a white Christian male?
So we should all disarm and be left defenseless against criminal thugs because blacks are disproportionately victims of SYG?
SYG wasn’t even used in the St. Trayvon case.
Let him do his thing. It will help keep FL red for the midterms.
St. Skittles got exactly what he was asking for.
How about a 250# thug sit on that guys chest and cover his nose and mouth with his hand all the while basheing his head into the concrete over and over until he changes his mind about “stand your ground”.. BTW stand your ground was NEVER used as a defense in this case. it was SELF DEFENSE” YOU MORON- talking about the lawyer and anyone else who is upset st. travon is dead.
And, supposedly in the recent incident, despite the sheriff’s statement, it wasn’t SYG in that case either. Not sure, but from what I’ve seen (scant info) that seems to be the case. Legal eagles will sort it out. Maybe.
Time for their ‘comeback’ tour.
Not only is every reference to stand your ground incorrect, but this part is flatly untrue.
Could you explain? They change SYG last year, and my recollection is that they shifted the burden of proof to the state.
You mus be a raciss /s
Perhaps these "parents" should teach their spawn to keep their hands to themselves? It is a lesson usually learned by kindergarten so it should be well with in their capacities.
Who really cares what this failure “family” and their pinheaded lawyer say about anything. really. Get lost!
Zimmerman is a jerk but that is immaterial.
Martin chose to turn back after having got away, had he not turned back he would have lived. Zimmerman would have walked around for a while to no avail. We would have never heard of either guy.
It was Martin’s choice to turn back and attack Zimmerman that actually led to his death.
Turns out Martin was a jerk too, one who thought his being offended or creeped out justified violence.
The defender of a young man beating another mans head into the sidewalk over and over has pretty much shot his own credibility all to hell.
Teach your feral young to NOT behave like rabid animals. Problem solved.
Some here at FR would agree
Parents raise a dysfunctional son who uses drugs and steals from people and is busy slamming someones head into the cement. Gee no wonder he got shot
Black persons use guns to legitimately defend themselves a lot.
Also, Zimmerman wasn’t standing so sure, call it laying prone on your ground (during a beatdown) instead.
Self defense is not the same as stand your ground
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