Widow, pastors, gubernatorial candidate demand meeting with governor on Stand Your Ground law

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By: Mike Vasilinda | Capitol News Service
August 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Two dozen pastors, the mother of Markeis McGlockton’s children, and her lawyer were initially rebuffed Wednesday when they sought an audience with Governor Scott or one of his staffers over the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.

It began with a rally at a local church calling for the end of Stand Your Ground.

“And my kids are still asking questions,” said McGlockton’s fiancé, Britany Jacobs. "Where is, you know, their father?”

A half-mile march to the Capitol followed the rally, where one of Tallahassee's most connected pastors pushed for an impromptu meeting with the governor. As the clock ticked, the group became impatient.

“This is a candidate running for the U.S. Senate and he does not want our audience,” said attorney Christopher O’Neal. "Is that correct?”

After an hour, Jacobs and her attorney had to leave.

“We think it's a shame that nobody in the governor’s office would address this young lady who traveled hundreds of miles to talk to the leader of our state about a miscarriage of justice,” said attorney Ben Crump.

Three pastors and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum stayed behind, vowing not to leave until they met with someone. They even risked arrest by jumping the barrier to the outer office sitting area.

“And we’re being treated like illegal immigrants,” said Reverend R.B. Holmes.

After an hour and a half, the governor’s office sent someone to meet with the pastors. After 15 minutes, the four men emerged.

"We asked for several things,” said Holmes. “That the governor should call the fiance.”

In addition to a call to the widow, pastors say they asked for a serious discussion on Stand Your Ground.

Governor Rick Scott was out of the country, in Columbia, during the demonstration.

Faith leaders say they are considering a march on the Capitol later this month.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump and the family of Markeis McGlockton held a rally in Tallahassee on Wednesday morning. They're urging lawmakers to repeal Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law.

About two dozen local community leaders attended the rally, which began at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and McGlockton's girlfriend were among the speakers at the rally.

McGlockton was shot and killed during a dispute over a parking spot in Clearwater, Florida last month. The man who killed him is claiming self defense under the Stand Your Ground law, and has not been arrested.

The protesters also called for the shooter to be charged or for the Clearwater sheriff to resign.

Protesters marched to Governor Rick Scott's office after the rally.

We'll have more from the rally tonight on Eyewitness News at 5.



 
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