Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s latest message for Rev. Al Sharpton? Go home, Fox 13 News reported.
During a press conference about an unrelated investigation this morning, Sheriff Gualtieri took questions from the media, including a few on Sunday’s ‘Justice for Markeis McGlockton Rally’ hosted by Sharpton.
Sharpton criticized the sheriff’s office for not immediately making an arrest in the incident, which left Markeis McGlockton dead in a Clearwater parking lot.
The shooter, Michael Drejka, told deputies he feared for his life. Because of that, Gualtieri chose not to arrest Drejka, saying the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law applies in this case.
Sunday, Sharpton called out Gualtieri, saying lock Drejka up, or give up your badge.
The sheriff responded Monday.
“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,” the sheriff said. “Go back to New York; mind your own business.”
To the suggestion that Sharpton go back to New York, his camp told the Tampa Bay Times Monday Gualtieri’s comments are like “those of sheriffs out of the 1960’s that called civil rights leaders invited by victims outside agitators.”
“This case should not be tried in a parking lot of a convenience store,” Sharpton said at Sunday’s rally. “It should be tried in a courtroom.”
The sheriff wouldn’t comment any further about the rally, but when asked about the five Democratic candidates for governor attending Sunday’s event, he said, they’re politicking.
“The facts and the law matter,” he added. “Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine.”