Attorney Ben Crump says it’s a true miracle Ralph Yarl is alive after the Black 16-year-old was shot in Kansas City after ringing the wrong doorbell — but he adds, the charges against the shooter point to a larger problem in America.
Crump joined us Tuesday on “TMZ Live” to talk all about the aftermath of 84-year-old Andrew Lester shooting Yarl in the head and near the chest-area … after he had accidentally gone to the wrong house to pick up his younger siblings.
Ben tells us, it is a blessing Yarl survived and is in stable condition and recovering at home with his family. He adds, he hopes Ralph has a full recovery — mentally and physically — from all the trauma he’s endured.
However, Crump was less hopeful about the shooter being held accountable. FYI, Lester was charged with 2 felonies on Monday – assault in the 1st degree and armed criminal action but he was NOT charged with attempted murder.
Crump tells us prosecutors say they charged Lester with the most they believe would result in a conviction … meanwhile, he says Black folks are charged to the max and it’s not a question about whether they would get convicted.
He also notes police questioned Lester for 20 minutes and let him go to sleep the same night — something he calls “unbelievable”. BC says we never see this happen when races are reversed.
Celebs and folks all over have rallied behind Ralph and his family … donating to his GoFundMe and showing their support. However Ben says America has a long way to go.
Here’s #Chiefs Patrick Mahomes on Ralph Yarl. pic.twitter.com/hI4VP7ME4P
— PJ Green (@PJGreenTV) April 17, 2023
In his eyes, the country has a larger issue with using guns to handle differences. He says we shoot first and ask questions later … whether it’s police or citizens.
Tune into TMZ Live for full interview.