Markeis McGlockton Shooting in Clearwater – DETAILS

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million:

ANALYSIS

According to trial attorneys Blake & Dorsten, P.A., Michael Drejka was within his rights under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to shoot Markeis McGlockton:

The “Stand Your Ground” Law introduced two (2) conclusive presumptions that favor a criminal defendant who is making a self-defense claim:  (1) The presumption that the defendant had a reasonable fear that deadly force was necessary; and (2) The presumption that the intruder intended to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.

These two presumptions protect the defender from both civil and criminal prosecution for unlawful use of deadly or non-deadly force in self-defense. In addition, the defender/gun owner has no duty to retreat, regardless of where he is attacked, so long as he is in a place where he is lawfully entitled to be when the danger occurs.

But let’s take a look at the applicable Florida State Law itself:

A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity, and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.  F.S. §776.013(3)

Having been forcefully knocked knocked to the ground, Drejka had every reason to believe that Markeis would cause him further harm, right up to the point where Markeis began backing off at the sight of Drejka’s drawn firearm.  At that moment, the situation changed, and Drejka pulled the trigger as Markeis was retreating.

This element — Markeis’ retreat at the sight of Drejka’s weapon — removed “reasonable belief it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.”

Shooting any human being who is retreating is not permissible under the law.  It doesn’t matter whether they’ve turned and are at a dead run or they’re still facing you while backing off slowly.

Contrast this shooting with the Kajieme Powell shooting in St. Louis, where the perpetrator continued to advance after guns were drawn.

Even so, expecting your average citizen to be able to make this assessment and follow the technically correct course of action in the heat of the moment is not reasonable.  Therefore, I find the decision made by Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri to not charge Drejka to be the right decision.

The key takeaway here is Markeis should never have walked up to Drejka and knocked him to the ground.  That’s a felony.

Jeapordy: “Trayvon Martin” — “What ties Obama, Holder, Corey, and Zimmerman together?

Repeat after me: “It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force…”

…particularly when you’re defending yourself against aggravated assault.  In case you’re wondering what that means, it means if you don’t defend yourself, you’ll likely be dead very soon. Technically it means to “cause serious bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.” If you don’t think Trayvon Martin’s use of a slab of concrete sidewalk against which he was bashing Zimmerman’s head isn’t a deadly weapon, you’ve never hit your head on a concrete sidewalk.

This is true not only in Florida, but in nearly all 50 states in our United States of America. Since the the local police department processed him and the local prosecutor declined to press charges, this naturally begs the question as to the real reason behind State Attorney Corey’s reversal, more than two months after the fact.

Did Obama call her directly and impress upon her the need to prosecute Zimmerman in order to cover up Obama’s ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments?

Did the Blank Panthers threaten her or her office if she didn’t prosecute, in order to cover up their ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments with respect to their putting a $10k (or was it $15k) bounty on Zimmerman’s head?

Did Eric Holder, acting on behalf of either the Blank Panthers (with whom he had ties back in college) or Obama (for whom he’s covered up several times) call her office and twist her arm?

Or was in Angela Corey herself, who recently sent a woman to prison for 10 years merely for carrying a firearm out of her own home after her physically abusive husband threatened to beat her if she left him? Corey is no stranger to the anti-gun nuts, and was not at all happy when Florida’s Stand Your Ground law passed. I wouldn’t put it past her one bit if this was her way of attempting to undermine the law, instead of enforcing it as per her oath and job description. She didn’t care one lick about the beaten woman she threw behind bars for twenty years, and I’m sure she could care less about Zimmerman, either. The only thing she cares about, like most Democrats, is her career and her reputation.

Well, Corey herself has, by her own actions, utterly trashed her own reputation. She has shown her true colors, that she cares nothing for the law, but only for her anti-gun agenda, and she could care less how many honest, law-abiding citizens spend decades behind bars in order for her to get her own way. She’s a cold-, if not black-hearted person, and she has absolutely no business whatsoever being in public office, much less politics.

Then again, that goes for both Obama and Holder, as well — both of them have multiple deaths of honest, law-abiding citizens on their hands, and such is the company that Corey keeps.