White Florida Man Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Over Parking Spot Gets 20 Years
Michael Drejka, a white Florida man, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for his role in last year’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a dispute over a handicapped-accessible parking spot.
In July 2018, many news outlets reported the story of an unarmed Black man being shot to death over a dispute in a Clearwater, Florida parking lot. The dispute started with the victim, Markeis McGlockton, 28, trying to park his car in a handicap spot outside a food store.
The murderer, Michael Drejka, 47, was known to be a “wannabe cop” who insisted on monitoring the spot despite being asked by the store to stop. When McGlockton’s girlfriend didn’t have the requisite handicap permit for her car, McGlockton and Drejka got in a heated argument that eventually escalated into a physical altercation. When McGlockton was leaving the store, he pushed Drejka to the ground and Drejka reacted by shooting him. McGlockton, a father of three, died shortly after.
Drejka did not show any emotion when he was sentenced, according to The Associated Press, which adds that the judge found it ironic that Drejka illegally parked next to McGlockton’s girlfriend’s car and then confronted her about parking illegally in a handicapped space.
“He just seems to come out of nowhere, kind of like a superhero, to see that he enforces the handicapped parking spot,” Circuit Judge Joseph A. Bulone said, as quoted by the AP.
During the trial, attorneys for Drejka said their client acted in self-defense when he and McGlockton got into an argument in front of Circle A Food Mart, a convenience store in the city of Clearwater.