Rally held in Tallahassee against 'Stand Your Ground' law

Rally held in Tallahassee against 'Stand Your Ground' law
Rally held in Tallahassee against 'Stand Your Ground' law
Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 14:46:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Wednesday in Tallahassee, Civil Rights activists from across the state, came to the Capital City to rally against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. 

The activists are fighting back against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, saying it's being used to justify killings in the Sunshine State. 

The push for change comes after Markeis McGlockton was shot and killed in Clearwater last month.   

"We're talking about innocent lives and people who are committing murder and getting away with it. It's gotta stop now," said Lawson. 

Political leaders and civil rights activists rallied against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law at Bethel Baptist Church in Tallahassee. 

The outrage sparked by video from a convenience store in Clearwater on July 19.

It shows 47-year-old Michael Drejka confronting Markeis McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, for parking in a handicapped spot.

McGlockton shoves Drejka to the ground, then Drejka shoots him.

McGlockton died, but Drejka hasn't been arrested or charged because the Pinellas County Sheriff believes the shooting is covered under the "stand your ground" law. 

Jacobs says the man who shot her boyfriend, "got away with murder". 

"My man was right, Markeis was right. He was just protecting us. He was a good man, a good father, and he didn't do anything wrong," said Jacobs. "He just tried to protect us." 

This isn't the first time Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law has caused controversy. 

It was the defense George Zimmerman used after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin six years ago.

A lot of people Wednesday compared that case with this recent shooting, saying the law simply is not working and needs to be repealed.