For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2023
“Once again, the state of Missouri has witnessed the shooting of an unarmed Black, male teenager, this time because he knocked on the wrong door while picking up his siblings. Instead of seeing Ralph Yarl as a person, the homeowner immediately saw him as a threat and responded by shooting an innocent child — a model student, responsible big brother, and son — in the head.
“Ultimately, this tragic incident underscores why ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ policies like so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws do far more harm than good. These laws breed a society of violence and fear while providing cover for those who harm, maim and kill others.
“The Kansas City Police Department must work quickly to investigate this crime with full public transparency and bring the perpetrator to justice. We wish Mr. Yarl a speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”
State Rep. Marlene Terry
Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair