Alex Horton and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post Published 12:29 pm PDT, Monday, August 13, 2018 Prosecutors have charged Michael Drejka - who shot and killed a man over a parking spot in July - in a reversal of the sheriff's decision not to bring charges in the incident that prompted debate over "stand your ground" laws. Drejka, 47, was arrested and charged with manslaughter Monday by the district attorney for Pinellas County in western Florida, authorities said. He is being held on $100,000 bond in the killing of Markeis McGlockton, 28, in Clearwater, Florida. The July 19 shooting was the culmination of a heated but brief exchange between the two men. Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend about her vehicle parked in a handicap spot at a convenience store while McGlockton was inside with their 5-year-old son. McGlockton rushed to defend Britany Jacobs, his girlfriend, and shoved Drejka to the ground, surveillance video shows. Drejka pulled out a pistol and … [Read more...] about Sheriff called parking lot shooting legal under ‘stand your ground’ laws. Prosecutors disagreed.
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A decision is likely by the end of the week about whether to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel following a "troubling" report about the deadly school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday. "In Florida, the governor has the ability to suspend government officials for incompetence," DeSantis, who was sworn in on Tuesday, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "We just had last week a comprehensive report from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission. It was really troubling to read some of the things that could have been done to prevent one of the most awful tragedies we've had." According to Fox News, Israel has been telling members of his staff he will be suspended from his job. The state-commissioned report made a number of school safety recommendations, including arming teachers. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who chaired the commission, outlined in his 458-page report the errors that were made during the mass … [Read more...] about DeSantis: Decision Likely This Week on Sheriff in Parkland Shooting
"If ICE tells me that I have somebody wanted for murder, we're going full force to get him. But if you're telling me, I've got to go get somebody who overstayed their visa? I’m not trained or equipped and I don't have the manpower to do that," Chitwood said. As of early April, Volusia had just one detainer request from ICE for 2018. The individual, who was found with a pound of methamphetamines, also had an outstanding criminal warrant, and remained in custody because of the latter. "I have to look at what the facts in Volusia County are, and the facts in Volusia County are $30 to $60 million (of the county's economy) comes from the farm fields in Pierson," Chitwood said. "Without immigrant or itinerant labor, those farms cease to exist. I'm not going to go up there and go into the fields and conduct traffic stops and create a problem where I don’t have a problem." Pressure to rethink sanctuary policies Trump's Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, … [Read more...] about This Florida county voted for Trump. But it’s a lot like the sanctuary cities he loathes.
For months, members of the panel investigating Florida's high school massacre have called the sheriff's deputy assigned to guard the campus "a coward" for hiding and not rushing inside in an attempt to stop the shooter. Given an opportunity to confront his critics Thursday, now-retired Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson sent his attorney instead before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Attorney Joseph DiRuzzo III told the 14-member panel he had filed a lawsuit hours earlier attempting to block their subpoena. DiRuzzo dropped a copy on the lectern and then walked away. Fred Guttenberg, whose child Jaime died along with 16 others, said to DiRuzzo as he passed: "He didn't do his job. My daughter should be alive." Peterson, the longtime deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas, has become the second-most vilified person surrounding the Feb. 14 shooting after suspect Nikolas Cruz. The then-sheriff's deputy on campus during the Florida high school massacre … [Read more...] about Criticized Deputy Doesn’t Testify Before MSD Commission, BSO Sheriff Appears