Police in Florida decided to charge a man with manslaughter after initially saying they would not bring charges against him in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man because of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, WFLA reports.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that they charged 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the killing of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a parking lot.
Police said that Drejka approached McGlockton’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Britany Jacobs, and argued with her for parking in a handicapped spot.
Surveillance footage shows McGlockton leaving the store with his 5-year-old son when he confronts Drejka. McGlockton is seen pushing Drejka to the ground. Drejka pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.
After the shooting, police said the incident fell under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that grants immunity to use deadly force in cases of self-defense.
The case was turned over to the State Attorney’s office, which issued an arrest warrant for manslaughter.
Drejka was booked into Pinellas County Jail Monday, where he is being held on $100,000 bond.
McGlockton’s family praised the move.
“While this decision cannot bring back our partner, our son, our father, we take solace in knowing our voices are being heard as we work for justice,” they said. “This man killed Markeis in cold blood, without a second thought about the devastating impact his actions would have on our family, but this charge gives us a measure of hope that the truth will win and justice will prevail in the end.”