On July 19, 2018, outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida, 47-year-old Michael Drejka, began arguing with Brittany Jacobs about a handicapped parking spot while her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, shopped inside the store. After learning of the argument, McGlockton allegedly returned to the car and pushed Drejka to the ground. Drejka then pulled out a Glock .40-caliber pistol and, according to police reports, shot McGlockton in the chest. Thirty minutes later McGlockton, father of three, was dead.
Michael Drejka was not arrested or charged. The next day the sheriff of Pinellas County, Bob Gaultieri, stated, "The law on Stand Your Ground is clear, and the Florida legislature has spoken on this. [Drejka's actions are] within the bookends of Stand Your Ground, and within the bookends of force being justified, and the immunity that people are granted under the 'Stand Your Ground' law is not just immunity from being charged, not just an immunity from convicted, but is an immunity from arrest."
But what are "Stand Your Ground" laws, and where do they come from? In short, these laws are legal justification for self-defense from perceived threats against an individual, including the use of deadly force. Florida statute 776.013, the Stand Your Ground law of Florida, states: "A person who is in a dwelling or residence in which the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and use or threaten to use: Nondeadly force against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other's imminent use of unlawful force; or deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony."