Tampa Bay Times on Floridaâ€™s â€śstand-your-groundâ€ť law:
Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last monthâ€™s deadly Clearwater convenience store parking lot confrontation. The shooting, which erupted over use of a handicap parking space, took the life of Markeis McGlockton, a father of three, and shocked the community.
But prosecutors still will have a high hurdle to overcome in showing that Drejka is not immune under Floridaâ€™s stand your ground law, which leaves too much chance for unwarranted killings to go unpunished. Itâ€™s a case study in why stand your ground has to go.
Mondayâ€™s decision to bring a criminal case against Drejka is a positive step that will allow the public to see all the evidence and hear both sides of what led to McGlocktonâ€™s death.
But the process in Florida, as it stands now, has been tilted out of balance and needs correcting.