Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump: White man must be charged in killing of black man
TERRY SPENCER , Associated Press
12:44 PM, Jul 26, 2018
1:05 PM, Jul 31, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a black man fatally shot by a white man during a videotaped altercation in a Florida parking lot said race is the reason no charges have been filed.
Attorney Benjamin Crump said Thursday that Michael Drejka committed "cold-blooded murder" when he killed Markeis McGlockton on July 19 outside a Clearwater store.
Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend as she sat in the couple's car with two of their children because she was parked in a handicapped-accessible space. Britany Jacobs said Drejka was cursing at her.
Crump previously represented the family of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American teen from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, injured during the encounter, claimed self-defense in the confrontation and was not charged at the time under the stand your ground law. Eventually, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Martin's death sparked the national Black Lives Matter Movement and put the controversial stand your ground law under a microscope.
Information from WFTS.com was used in this report.