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Civil rights attorney demands justice in deadly Clearwater Stand Your Ground shooting

Pinellas County

National civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump is calling on State Attorney Bernie McCabe to file charges against the man who shot and killed a father of three in a Clearwater Stand Your Ground case.

On July 19, Markeis McGlockton was shot during an argument with Michael Drejka, 47, about a handicapped parking space at a Clearwater convenience store. 

Charges were not filed against Drejka because state law supports his claim that he was in fear for his life after being violently pushed to the ground, according to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieiri. Gualtieiri turned the case over to the state attorney’s office to determine if charges should be filed. 

Civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump has been hired by Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend. Crump is the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot and killed by former neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges.

“We are here to demand justice for the cold-blooded murder of Markeis McGlockton by the self-appointed wanna be cop Michael Drejka,” said Crump. “Make no mistake about it, this was a cold-blooded murder that was witnessed firsthand by Britany Jacobs and Markeis’ three young children.”

“They all saw it firsthand and for the rest of their lives they’re gonna have to deal with this unbelievable traumatic episode of seeing their father gunned down in cold blood and that’s why we’re here, united to demand justice,” Crump said.

State attorney for Pinellas County Bernie McCabe will determine if Drejka will be charged.

“There is enough evidence to state attorney Bernie McCabe,” Crump said. “There is enough evidence in this case to charge this murderer with a crime.”

Crump said he is reaching out to lawmakers to look at the law.

“We plan on asking the legislature to consider the amendments to Stand Your Ground that if you are the aggressor and it can be clearly shown that you are the aggressor, you should not get the benefit and immunity of Stand Your Ground,” he said. 

Crump said there should also be responsible gun ownership laws.

He said in this case, the video speaks for itself.

“There’s enough evidence here. Just by the video. Unfortunately with Trayvon Martin, we didn’t have video. In this case, there is video that clearly shows Mr. McGlockton was retreating,” said Crump.

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