Kirsters Baish| On Monday, a sheriff from Florida made the public suggestion that Reverend Al Sharpton be quiet and go away. Sharpton had harsh criticism on Sunday for the Pinellas County Sheriff, Bob Gualitieri, while he was speaking at a rally for a man who was killed in a July 19 “Stand Your Ground” case.
The incident involved a white man named Michael Drejka, who shot a black man named Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida. The shooter explained to authorities that he had feared for his life. He was not arrested.
WTSP reports that Gualtieri stated, “The law in the state of Florida today is that people have the right to stand their ground, and have a right to defend themselves when they believe they are in harm.”
New York City’s liberal preacher Al Sharpton showed up in Clearwater, Florida on Sunday to attack the Florida sheriff.
“This case should not be tried in a parking lot of a convenience store,” Sharpton stated, as reported by WTVT. “It should be tried in a courtroom.”
“Lock him (Drejka) up or turn in your badge,” Sharpton exclaimed, directly challenging Sheriff Gualtieri.
The Florida Sheriff shot back on Monday when he questioned Sharpton’s comments.
“It’s a bunch of rhetoric. 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 stated.
Then, he had a special message for Al Sharpton. “Go back to New York. Mind your own business,” he declared.
A spokesman for the Reverend compared the Florida Sheriff’s statements to “those of sheriffs out of the 1960s that used to call civil rights leaders invited in by victims, ‘outside agitators,’” as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
Sharpton stated that he will be coming back to Clearwater.
Western Journal Politics reports:
Gualtieri said he was tuning out comments about the shooting that have emerged in the election for Florida’s governor.
“It’s called politics and they’re politicking. The facts and the law matter. Learn the facts and learn the law and then you can opine, but until you learn the facts and learn the law… but then again in politics, that’s what you’re going to get,” Gualtieri said, WFLA reported.
Last week, Florida prosecutors said that they would be reviewing the case.
Legal analyst and lawyer Anthony Rickman stated, “When a prosecutor looks at this case, they’re not looking at it as to whether it will be popular. It’s whether or not they can prove this charge.”
The Daily Caller writes:
Drejka told police he was fearing for his life and that was enough to convince the authorities to release him, without any formal criminal charges. Gualtieri said Sharpton should hit the books and learn more about the law before he speaks out publicly.
“The facts and the law matter,” Gualtieri concluded. “Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine.”