*Famed attorney and activist Benjamin Crump has called on Florida lawmakers to re-examine and change its disastrous and seemingly racist ‘stand your ground’ law after Markeis McGlockton was shot by Michael Drejka during an altercation in a parking lot in Clearwater, Fla.
Crump is representing the family of the man gunned down and on Thursday he called for an end of these “wannabe cops from killing unarmed black men.”
During a press conference in front of the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater, Florida, Crump said the law has prompted an “epidemic” of unjustified shootings.
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McGlockton’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, comforts his mother Monica Moore after today’s press conference with attorney Benjamin Crump. pic.twitter.com/u4sVmxCz01
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McGlockton, 28, was killed a week ago after he shoved Drejka, 47, to the ground when he saw him berating his girlfriend for parking in a handicap zone.
“We are here to demand justice for the cold-blooded murder of Markeis McGlockton by the self-appointed wannabe cop Michael Drejka,” said Crump, standing next to McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, 24, and his parents.
He compared the shooting to other “stand your ground” cases in Florida, including that of Trayvon Martin.
He also invoked the name of Corey Jones, a 31-year-old black man who was shot dead by a police officer in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in 2015, after his car broke down and he called for roadside assistance.
“Now you have Markeis McGlockton here in Pinellas County, Florida, where the individual is the initial aggressor, starts the confrontation and then kills the unarmed black person and claims it’s self-defense,” Crump said.