THEIR VIEW: Florida should repeal stand-your-ground law

Published on Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:51
Written by the Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times on Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law:

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last month’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 Florida’s stand your ground law, which leaves too much chance for unwarranted killings to go unpunished. It’s a case study in why stand your ground has to go.

Monday’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 McGlockton’s death.

But the process in Florida, as it stands now, has been tilted out of balance and needs correcting.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:51. Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:54.