A Pinellas County Sheriff shredded Al Sharpton for trying to stir up racial tensions in his hometown, telling him to go back home and “mind your own business.”
Sharpton was on the scene in Clearwater, Florida, protesting the murder of Markeis McGlockton, who was fatally shot by a white man in a parking lot because the man allegedly feared for his life after being pushed to the ground.
The shooter has a history of causing trouble with customers at the store in which this incident took place, and McGlockton had turned to walk away after he shoved him to the ground. The shooting has raised further questions regarding Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and what constitutes a threatening situation.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to charge the shooter, Michael Drejka, citing the law, and instead turned the case over to the State Attorney’s Office last week.
5yo Markeis had to watch his dad, an unarmed black man, die after he was shot by a white man who failed to see him as a human; he saw Markeis as something unworthy of life.
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) July 21, 2018
Sharpton somehow managed to tie President Trump into the case, criticizing him for remaining silent on a matter that few people have the entire story on. You know, unlike the previous President who tried to sway cases in the media by saying such phrases as ‘the police acted stupidly’ or ‘if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.’
“This is a real disgrace, that the President of the United States would come to Tampa and talk about voter ID and not one time mention Stand your Ground or what happened to Markeis McGlockton,” Sharpton fumed.
Gualtieri basically told Sharpton to shut up.
“It’s a bunch of rhetoric,” he said. “I don’t pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasn’t there, and I don’t really care what Al Sharpton has to say.”
Gualtieri added, “Go back to New York; mind your own business.”
— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) August 7, 2018
Whatever your feelings on the case itself, Gualtieri is offering sound advice.
Sharpton, without missing a beat, claimed the sheriff’s comments were racist.
The statement, he suggested to the Tampa Bay Times, are like “those of sheriffs out of the 1960’s that called civil rights leaders invited by victims ‘outside agitators.'”
Gualtieri also ripped five Democrat candidates for governor who attended Sharpton’s rally, indicating they were just playing politics, not actually interested in justice.
“The facts and the law matter,” he said of the leftist grandstanders. “Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine.”
GOP candidate Ron DeSantis joined the Democratic candidates in saying he didn’t think the law was being applied properly in this case, but backed off suggestions that ‘Stand Your Ground’ be repealed.
As for the McGlockton shooting, Sharpton believes the case “should not be tried in a parking lot of a convenience store … It should be tried in a courtroom.”
He said this as he stirs up protesters and attempts to have it tried in the court of public opinion instead.
The community needs to be cautious. Sharpton has a history of inciting violence and ruining lives around cases he feels are rooted in racism.
In 1995, he started a rally at Freddie’s Fashion Mart that led one protester to attack the store, shoot several customers, and start a fire that killed seven employees.
Then there’s the most egregious act of race-based crime in his history – backing Tawana Brawley in falsely accusing four white men, including a state trooper and Steven Pagones, an Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County, New York, of rape.
If only he had just been willing to ‘mind his own business’ in each of those cases.
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