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Michael Drejka gives jailhouse interview after Markeis McGlockton shooting

Michael Drejka gives jailhouse interview after Markeis McGlockton shooting
I just want you to tell me about yourself okay pretty much your normal average everyday person with average problems I would suppose right-moving troubles right now I are you originally from Delaware yes sir I've never met I've never met anybody from Delaware how was your how was your childhood growing up there how many years did you stay there oh I was my whole childhood and into my adult years right I was born and raised and bled and bred in there right right so what brought you down to the Bay Area well mom died about ten years ago left me with a little bit was able to sustain me for a little while as far as the tree business goes it chews you up and spit you out exactly it's tough work yeah just like your vehicle or anything else it did once you're done with they they cut you off and throw it away so you know you want to get out of that as quick as you can normally what gave me a little freedom to move about and being been here before on hurricanes doing a lot of work no this is where I chose right you and your wife love the area love it yeah there there's it's one of the best places I've ever been able to settle down and as far as the people and where I lived at this is one other place that I've stayed in longest right in my entire life right once again because of the people in the area of where I was that now the you just speaking about your wife and hardship you're facing some real tough Financial Times cuz I gotten word that I guess...
michael drejka gives jailhouse interview after markeis mcglockton shooting
the landlord wants her to move out you got some financial issues going yeah it's his house and and being fair about it he had informed us a while back as far as a year goes he would be folding that house back into his business and the longer renting it out to anybody so we were aware but not sure of a date turns out the date was August 31st it was time she was supposed to be out of the house we've been given a slight grace period I think for now but that's not gonna last long your time in here has been tough on you Barry yeah what do you think about everything yeah everything and then I don't want to think about everything and anything too cuz there's nothing I can do from here right her for anybody right and you're worried about your wife and her welfare financially and physically yeah she's unable to move out of the house financially and she's unable to do it by herself so she's kind of stuck without me right thank you no he'll yell stuff yes you feel helpless oh yeah this case I would think has probably been very stressful for her too yeah everything about it it hasn't made things any easier as far as anything goes is totally new for everybody involved I would say and the threats where'd she say she's actually facing threats out yes yes very much so from from day one right so I can't be there to to do anything do anything I mean you're here and and you know you're facing what you face is not much that you can...
michael drejka gives jailhouse interview after markeis mcglockton shooting
do right take me back to I was gonna call it that day what kind of morning did you have July 19th but were you working were you walking the dogs or yeah I don't think this is really the right place to go into specifics about that day well I wasn't talking about the actual incident of the

shooting

I was just saying what your day was like cup of coffee every day saw the wife off to work yeah nothing too surprising out of any of it my days of my own pretty much these days you know and I'd be concentrating on packing and getting everything else done trying to get out of the house right right you know everybody everybody involved with this case a lot of people involved with this case I've spoken up the sheriff has spoken out the prosecution has spoken out the make locked ins have spoken out al Sharpton has spoken out and we felt that it was necessary to hear from the person at the center of this case the McLaughlin's have been very very hard and descriptive about you as a person is there something is there something that you could say to them that might give some clarity about who you are or how you feel place to talk to the family directly right you know it just doesn't seem well you've avoided

interview

s because you didn't want to I don't like to spotlight I never have you know concentrate not really trying to get support from my wife and it's like us that's a little tough to do from here how are you is there an avenue that you're...
michael drejka gives jailhouse interview after markeis mcglockton shooting
following or trying to do to help her that we don't know about not that I'm aware of I don't have any avenues really I'm I'm stuck asking for help I'm anybody and everybody who really can run that would like to plead for that because she hasn't done anything right you know she she goes to work every day still has her job try to help me on the hallway now she's all looking at being on the street all right my dogs how many dogs yeah then what kind are they Sherman's shucks it seems like this is striking a chord with you yeah I don't think miss my girls miss my girls hmm all of them yeah is there anything in your mind that would change now that you have a chance to look back is there anything you would change with what happened how it happened is there anything that you would change or I'm sure you had time to think about this sure I've had plenty of time to think about it but as far as changing anything is the offense right is it what you're I don't see you've uh we checked and you have no no criminal history here no sir you've had one or two run-ins but you've never been arrested or charged with the crime or anything I wrote a lot right being on the road I've you lots of things happen along the road you also look at fraction oh god I totally understand but one or two one of the cases that and and this is coming from people that have come down to speak about the events and things of that nature and they get...
the feeling that there might be a racial overtone to this incident it's almost you know way of that number one my my upbringing really prevents that from coming out of me ever to my parents went that way you know it was always trying to get along with everybody green eggs and ham well everybody's different and I grew up during desegregation not segregation okay so it's not like God you know was sheltered from but from other from other cultures or races you know from a very young age and my professional isn't beyond that he prevents me from saying stuff like that anyway so I can look you in the eye right now and ask you yes if you are racist what would be your end so there's some do not hate black I do not hate anybody I don't see we have to break it down and into a you know person or anything but that's what that's what's happened okay that's that's what's become something that was one thing has become something else and that is mostly in the eyes of the boulders mm-hmm I don't see how I can be any other way the McLaughlin's have a very tough view of you so ever and if you had a chance to offer some type of remorse or some thoughtful thing to say to them would you take that chance and what would you say I think this is the place to address them directly no but in your heart though I'm sorry all I can really say to them and thinking about it would you accept those kind of words from someone I don't think I would...
know you know I think there's too much hate already to for me to be able to say anything that would make any kind of difference well can be honest with you yeah you don't strike me as a very violent kind of person I don't I'm just I'm just talking to you I'm going about what I feel and just being transparent with you but you also strike me as a person that that might get angry everybody's got a temper I suppose right about certain things sure pet peeves but this that and the other obviously the one at the center of this whole situation these days happens to be the cat party yeah what is it about handicap hard did you have someone in your family or someone that my high school sweetheart and I were together for a long time right okay what was only what was her name alright we'll leave her she's deceased now okay there's really no reason to drag her into this but from from 16 on she was 16 she was involved in an accident that left her pretty much handicapped for the rest of her life with many surgeries to follow and and so forth and these days my mother-in-law is handicapped so it's always been a hotbed for me it was always said my whole life is always been looking for a handicap parking spot right no and it just it's always touched a nerve with maybe so the ideas when they're abused and used abused and use yeah the parking spots right the way they're abused to use yeah I mean I thought to myself when I first got a hold of...
this case it said I said there's something about and there there's got to be family or someone involved that this is a hot button for you everybody's got hot buttons but this one is certainly one for you and it's almost like you just it's just something that you cannot stand to happen in front of you well no of course not and I don't usually confront people about it either such as was in this case I did not confront anyone I was confronted and I answered my which is I think how the argument started between us the woman had not that push that shove it's done you didn't know it was a show thought it was tackled it felt like I was tackled or someone hit me from behind with something I left my feet and slid along the ground before I was able to yes I was stunned yeah yeah there's it seems a little more than that but stunned is a good word I suppose here's the here's the 54 million on the question because no one else was there but you were you in fear for your life yes sir it was only one other person that was making a move and that move was towards me and coming off of what I just got up to it was I didn't know what was coming for me and there's only a long way to look at that you have to be scared for it because if you're not and you're wrong you know and that's that so yeah I was very scared have you never been confronted like that or never been insulted like that if you will ever I'm not a physical person to...
begin with I don't wrestle with people I don't push and shove with my friends so there's none of that goes on in my life so I'm very hands-off type of person really early on in this after the incident at the convenience store the Pinellas County Sheriff Bob well Terry back to you refused to arrest you said you were on solid ground with the way he viewed the law when you heard that news how did you feel about the case indicated you felt vindicated yesterday if the Pinellas County Sheriff says I can't arrest him because I think he followed the law you thought you were fine I followed the law the way I felt the law was supposed to be followed I cleared every hurdle that that law had to had to put in front of me right and yeah I did feel vindicated after those statements but then we come along to all of the protest people speaking out and then the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office follows manslaughter charges what did you when you first heard that what did you think number one shocked number two devastated because I didn't hear about it until they were putting handcuffs on me did you drive yourself to the oh yes you turned yourself in no sir they lied to me and under under guise of returning my property requested me to show up at the at the sheriff's office to talk to the original detectives right who in turn were prepared to arrest arrest you yes so you had no idea you were about to be placed under arrest who knows where were you staying I...
mean it's a little point now but where were you staying in between where you act or how at home we had no choice yeah we had to stay there yeah you weren't a nice the nights as far as the protests go and stuff like that we were warned by the police department and we did vacate the house I'm not evening yeah right did any Police Department take you somewhere else for your safety you know but they suggested we leave for our safety and he also suggested we watch our backs that's we were doing so right how does

Michael

Drake hold himself together through all of this cheer will right now I don't have anything else no way to hold me together so it's my wife I'm worried about I don't need any of this spotlight I need to get my my wife and dogs and my kids really yeah I'm safe out of the house okay take a breath I didn't live too far from the store location I used to live on Edgewater Drive hmm it's just like three or four blocks down that way so you still always go to that store until maybe about a year about a year Yeah right mm-hm and they only moved to not too far away where hi there so they're still in the area as well yeah all right oh I'll just ask you one last question just to clear up to clear up the was talking about some of the previous events or altercations which you never were arrested never were charged with anything one of those involved at the store the guy driving the supply truck where he claimed that you used the...
n-word against him and that's why people are thinking that this might be racially motivated please clear this up are you a racist or not no sir by any means I've worked with too many people I've met too many people in my life to be that kind of person there's there's there's no way to survive really by being like that it doesn't help anyone it's a you know and to have it that kind of feelings about an entire race of people seems foreign to me why why how could that happen well but as far as the incident went two gentlemen there and that claim I the claim this is totally false I wouldn't have used that word especially while confronting someone about something like that know he had the name of his company on the side of the truck and it was he was an easy target you know for from my pet peeve that day why would I've messed that up by what throw am I saying that word and you know there's it doesn't make sense to me other than why the spotlight for himself or wanting to turn what people against me as it is I don't have too many friends others yeah not a whole lot of people that know me but everybody who does will dispute that to the you a strong supporter of gun rights Second Amendment rights I'm a strong supporter of sec rights in the fact that everybody deserves to feel secure in that person no matter where they go what they're doing as long as they're there legally of course right yeah so yeah I guess you could...
say I'm a big supporter of the Second Amendment I suppose okay not overtly you know I'm not outspoken about it but