Reverend Al Sharpton is coming to Clearwater next Sunday to protest the death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton.
Sharpton made the announcement Sunday on his Twitter page and on MSNBC.
He says he will be holding a rally with the National Action Network at St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Clearwater. The rally is set for Sunday, August 5 at 4 p.m.
McGlockton is the man who was killed earlier this month during an argument over a handicapped parking spot. Investigators say his girlfriend, 24-year-old Britany Jacobs, pulled into the spot outside a Clearwater convenience store back on July 19. While she was waiting for McGlockton and his 5-year-old son, who went into the store, detectives say Michael Drejka approached her and started arguing that she was in a handicapped spot.
Surveillance video shows McGlockton come out of the store and push Drejka to the ground. Drejka then shot McGlockton in the chest.
His death has made national headlines because the man who shot him was not charged. Deputies say it falls under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law that grants immunity to anyone who uses deadly force if they can reasonably claim they were defending themselves.
Since McGlockton’s death, protesters have called for the law to be repealed. The NAACP is urging the state attorney’s office to file charges against Drejka. Sen. Bill Nelson has signed a letter asking the Justice Department to investigate the shooting.
McGlockton’s family insists the shooting does not fall under the “Stand Your Ground” law. They say he was just protecting his family.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented Trayvon Martin’s family, has now been hired to represent Jacobs. He was on MSNBC Sunday morning to talk with Rev. Sharpton about McGlockton’s death.
McGlockton’s family has hired attorney Michele Rayner of Rayner Robinson Law Firm.