A recent decision not to charge a man who shot and killed another man in a convenience store parking lot because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law prompted protest Sunday night.
Protesters gathered at the Circle A store on Sunset Point in Clearwater — the scene of the shooting.
During a press conference Friday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri mentioned that a regular customer of the convenience store was frustrated when he saw McGlockton’s girlfriend illegally parked in the handicapped spot and an argument ensued.
McGlockton walked outside and shoved the customer to the ground.
While on the ground, the man shot and hit McGlockton in the chest, killing him.
Britany Jacobs, McGlockton’s girlfriend, told Good Morning America the couple’s 5-year-old son also witnessed the shooting.
“After being slammed to the ground, he felt he was going to be further attacked,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
Stand your ground laws have been criticized by parents of slain black teens Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin.
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