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Friday, December 2, 2016

3DOWNNATION.COM: WHY MCKNIGHT'S KILLER WENT FREE

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Joe McKnight was shot to death in broad daylight on a New Orleans street with plenty of witnesses. According to police, McKnight was unarmed and the accounts of the shooting are horrific.

A witness, who declined to give her name, said she was leaving a store in the area when she saw a man at the intersection yelling at another man, who was trying to apologize. The man who was yelling shot the other man more than once, she said.

She said the shooter shot the man, stood over him and said “I told you don’t you f— with me.” Then he fired again, she said.

Officials have already said that a 54-year-old white male named Ronald Gasser shot McKnight. He remained at the scene, turned his gun over to police and was taken into custody. But sometime overnight he was released from jail without being charged, sparking outrage.

Louisiana is one of 13 U.S. states with a so-called “stand your ground law” which states in part:

“A homicide is justifiable . . . [w]hen committed in self-defense by one who reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and that the killing is necessary to save himself from that danger,” the law states. “A person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and who is in a place where he or she has a right to be shall have no duty to retreat before using deadly force as provided for in this Section, and may stand his or her ground and meet force with force.”

The most widely known stand your ground case took place in Florida where an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a “neighborhood watch captain” who claimed he was acting in self defence. Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder

There are questions, however, about whether stand your ground laws are impacted by race. A recent study by Washington University in St. Louis of over 200 cases in Florida revealed “stand-your-ground legislation in Florida has a quantifiable racial bias that reveals a leniency in convictions if the victim is nonwhite.”

Officials in New Orleans say the investigation into McKnight’s death is continuing.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

McKnight was laying on the ground with one bullet already in him, and the idiot shoots him again?

That is no longer stand your ground! That is cold-blooded murder!

IMAGIRL

Darren said...

Disgusting.....Merica, F yeah.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely disgusting

Anonymous said...

Personally, I love being down there. The people I meet are great, too.
Just another isolated incident on which we have very limited information.

Rob in Stoon

Anonymous said...

If the guy was in his car and McKnight was outside the car, how in the world did he feel he was in immediate danger. Lock your doors, make sure your windows are closed and get the heck out of there. Pulling a gun on an unarmed man and firing 3 times is definitely not the solution to any situation. Apparently this is not the guy's first instance of road rage. He seems to be developing a pattern. If they let him go, it won't be long until the next victim shows up.