Oct 10, 2019

'Stand your ground' killer sentenced to 20 years in Florida shooting

Florida man Michael Drejka has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter in the July 2018 killing of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black man.

Background: The police report said the deadly attack took place outside a food store after McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, parked in a handicapped-accessible spot while McGlockton and their 5-year-old son went inside. Drejka, a white man, then approached the vehicle and started an argument with Jacobs over parking in the spot without a permit.

  • Surveillance footage shows McGlockton walked out of the store and pushed Drejka to the ground. He stepped back and Drejka, sitting on the ground, drew his a gun and fired it once. McGlockton stumbled away and later died from the gunshot wound in the chest, police said.
  • Drejka told officers that he feared for his life after being shoved, but jurors rejected the claim that he was facing an active threat after viewing the footage.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that it was McGlockton who pushed Drejka to the ground.

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Fort Worth officer responsible for Atatiana Jefferson shooting resigns

Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, in her own home on Saturday morning, resigned Monday just hours before Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus planned to terminate his employment, NBC reports.

Background: Dean had been responding to a neighbor's call that stated Jefferson's front door was ajar. Jefferson was inside playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when 2 officers went into her backyard. Body camera footage shows Dean shouted at Jefferson through a window to put her hands up without identifying himself as an officer. He proceeded to open fire through the window, killing Jefferson in one shot.

Go deeperArrowOct 14, 2019

The future of parking garages

Architectural rendering of The MOD in Los Angeles showing how a parking structure could be redeveloped for workspace, retail and housing with pre-fabricated modules. Photo: Gensler

Parking garages are staples of car-clogged cities — but they are ugly and take up prime urban real estate. So building owners and developers are looking for new uses for that space.

The big picture: As urban transportation begins to shift, the massive concrete parking structures that sit under or beside most downtown buildings are being repurposed into food delivery kitchens, e-commerce distribution centers, flood protection and even urban farming.

Go deeperArrowOct 30, 2019

Fort Worth police officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder

Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Aaron Dean, who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, in her home, was charged with murder Monday, the Fort Worth Police confirmed. Dean had resigned from his job hours earlier.

Go deeperArrowOct 15, 2019