Protesters Block St. Petersburg Intersection to Demand ‘Stand Your Ground' Law Repeal

A group of protesters filled an intersection in St. Petersburg on Sunday – many demanding justice for Markeis McGlockton and calling for a repeal of Florida's "stand your ground" law.

The protest occurred in the intersection of Haines Road North and 38th Avenue North in St. Petersburg, WFLA reports.

The rally is a direct response to the fatal shooting of 28-year-old McGlockton.

McGlockton was shot and killed July 19 during a fight over a handicap parking space in Clearwater. The shooter, Michael Drejka, is not facing charges due to the "stand your ground law," which allows Florida residents to use deadly force without retreating to protect themselves against a perceived deadly threat.

The group wanted to “take over the intersection” to send a bold statement to the community.

“We wanted to disrupt life as usual, because this law is disrupting communities of color,” pastor Andy Oliver of Allendale United Methodist Church told WFLA.

As the protest continued, tensions grew as drivers became frustrated. Drivers blew their horns, screamed out their windows and some even tried to drive right through the protest.

Police later responded and moved the rally to the sidewalk.

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