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‘Go back to New York, mind your business,' says Pinellas County sheriff after Al Sharpton-led rally

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) - Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired back Monday, telling Rev. Al Sharpton led to, “mind your own business” after Sharpton led a rally in Clearwater Sunday. 

Sharpton called for charges to be filed in controversial Stand Your Ground death of Markeis McGlockton. 

Sharpton’s message to the sheriff was to lock up Michael Drejka, the man who deputies said killed McGlockton, or “give up your badge.”​​​​​​

The reverend made the remarks while speaking to a large crowd at St. John Primitive Baptist Church on Sunday. 

Gualtieri was asked about Sharpton’s visit during at press conference Monday and called it, “bunch of rhetoric."

“I didn’t pay much attention to tell you the truth. I wasn’t there and don’t really care what Al Sharpton has to say. Go back to New York, mind your own business,” Gualtieri said.

Gualtieri also responded after being asked about candidates running for governor who are taking up the issue. 

“It’s called politics and they’re politicking. The facts and the law matter. Learn the facts and learn the law and then you can opine, but until you learn the facts and learn the law… but then again in politics, that’s what you’re going to get,” Gualtieri said.

McGlockton’s death made national headlines after the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office declined to press charges against the man who shot him, 47-year-Michael Drejka, citing 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.

The state attorney is now reviewing the case and will make a final determination. 

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 his girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, who along with their 5-year-old son, witnessed the shooting.

McGlockton's family has hired attorney Michele Rayner of Rayner Robinson Law Firm.
 


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