A Florida jury recently convicted Michael Drejka of Manslaughter in the shooting death last year of Markeis McGlockton. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera. Watch it here…and watch it carefully, and to the end. The following analysis comes from my friend John Correia; note that his comments were made prior to Drejka even being charged.
Three people did idiotic things here. Idiot One was the woman who needlessly parked in a handicapped space. She knew or should have known that this was a violation of the law, and something many people would find extremely offensive.
Idiot Two was the man who appointed himself the “Parking Lot Police” and began an aggressive verbal (but non-physical) exchange with Idiot One.
Idiot Three is the man who, without saying a word, committed assault and battery on Idiot Two, knocking him to the ground. If you watch the video, after he has shot Idiot Three, Idiot Two is seen to be holding or rubbing his wrist as if it is injured, consistent with his later statement to police. It takes him a while to get back to his feet. The fear of Idiot Three that Idiot Two later described to police is totally understandable.
I did not watch the trial on Court TV, and would be interested in the comments of those who did. The video shows only one perspective, and not the defendant’s, and furthermore the two-dimensional eye of the camera lacks the third dimension of depth. Nonetheless, it appears from the video that the man who was killed was no more than a step away from kicking the downed man in the head at the moment the single, fatal shot was fired. The news reports of the trial that I’ve read do not indicate that the defense emphasized this in court.
And Andrew’s more in-depth analysis of how a key dynamic of violent encounters was improperly presented to the Drejka jury, is here.
Your opinions and comments are invited.