TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Protesters marching in Tallahassee Wednesday, demanding lawmakers change the “Stand Your Ground” Law.
There were prayers and hand holding as the girlfriend of Markeis McGlockton and her supporters work up their courage and strength to march their way into the Capitol in Tallahassee.
“It's hard. And you know I'm still going to stand up and I'm still going to fight for what is right,” said Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend Britany Jacobs.
Jacobs is demanding an arrest after McGlockton was shot and killed by a man over a parking spot at a Clearwtaer convenience store last month.
“Either you arrest this killer or give up your badge. It's real simple,” said civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
Controversy around the shooting escalated after the Pinellas County Sheriff opted not to arrest shooter Michael Drejka, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The law allows people who fear for their lives to use deadly force.
The Pinellas County sheriff is standing by his decision. Earlier this week, in response to civil rights leader Al Sharpton, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said “I wasn't there, and I don't really care for what Al Sharpton has to say…you know, go back to New York, mind your own business.”
Florida lawmakers now have until noon Friday to respond to a proposal by Democrats for a special session to revisit the “Stand Your Ground” law.
“Now everywhere is somebody's ground. It almost suggests that black people and people of color, our ground is only where white people deem it appropriate to be,” said Crump.
“At the end of the day, my kids are still asking me questions. Where is their father?” said Jacobs.