As is his customary practice, race-baiting outrage pimp Al Sharpton showed up in a city that was the site of a controversial shooting of a black man.
Sharpton traveled to Clearwater, Florida over the weekend where he set up shop to whip up anti-police sentiment after a tragic shooting last month where a 28-year-old person of color was ventilated during an ugly confrontation in a convenience store parking lot.
The paths of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton and 47-year-old Michael Drejka crossed in a fateful encounter that ended up with McGlockton dead and Drejka not being charged under the state’s “stand your ground” law despite surveillance video footage that showed McGlockton initiating physical contact but questions as to whether Drejka was in clear and present danger at the time that he fired the kill shot.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri quickly earned the wrath of the hate mob after Drejka wasn’t arrested and charged, instead punting the incident to the state attorney’s office.
Like any vulture that feasts on the corpses of others, Reverend Al showed up to stir up anti-cop sentiment and fan the flames of racial tensions.
But Sheriff Gautieri was having none of it and told the carpetbagger to “Go back to New York. Mind your own business.”
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Via The Tampa Bay Times, “Pinellas sheriff to Al Sharpton: ‘Go back to New York. Mind your own business”:
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday that the Rev. Al Sharpton should “go back to New York” and mind his own business after the national civil rights activist’s visit to Clearwater over the weekend to address the shooting of Markeis McGlockton.
“It’s a bunch of rhetoric. I don’t pay much attention to it to tell you the truth,” the sheriff said when asked for his reaction to Sharpton’s appearance at the end of an unrelated news conference in St. Petersburg. “I wasn’t there, and I don’t really care what Al Sharpton has to say. Go back to New York. Mind your own business.”
Sharpton was met by hundreds of people Sunday during his stop at St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Clearwater as he pressed local leaders to file charges against Michael Drejka, the white man who shot McGlockton, who is black, during a fight over a convenience store parking space July 19.
Gualtieri did not arrest Drejka, saying he was precluded by Florida’s controversial stand your ground self-defense law. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s office is now reviewing the case to decide whether to press charges.
“If you got to the scene, Mr. Sheriff, and Markeis had been standing over the white man, you would have cuffed him and taken him to jail,” Sharpton said during the rally. “Drejka killed an unarmed black man who was standing up for his family. Lock him, or give up your badge.”
When reached Monday, a spokeswoman for Sharpton sent a statement comparing Gualtieri’s comments to “those of sheriffs out of the 1960s that used to call civil rights leaders invited in by victims, ‘outside agitators.’”
But of course it’s racism, that’s Sharpton’s racket that has buttered his bread for decades.
Good for Sheriff Gualtieri to call bullshit on Reverend Al’s traveling carnival of preversion. It’s about time that someone did.