Celebrities are using their platforms to demand the arrest of the guy who shot Ralph Yarl, 16, in the head after he accidentally rang the wrong doorbell.
Ralph Yarl, a black adolescent, was dispatched to pick up his brothers from a residence on April 13 but accidentally went to the incorrect place.
Yarl was shot by the homeowner after ringing the doorbell twice.
Friends and relatives have praised the boy as a ‘wonderful kid’ and excellent musician, and he is currently in stable condition in the hospital after the life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.
Although the homeowner was first detained for 24 hours, they were later released.
That’s because in Missouri, anybody detained for an investigation must be either released or prosecuted within 24 hours.
Officials need a formal victim statement as well as forensic proof to prosecute someone. However, due to Yarl’s wounds, authorities have yet to get a victim statement.
Undoubtedly, the event has sparked outrage, especially over the suspect’s ability to walk.
Protests have been held around Kansas City to demand justice for Ralph Yarl, and internet petitions to arrest the unidentified culprit have taken off.
Celebrities such as Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Viola Davis, and Jennifer Hudson have been spreading the news on their own social media channels, urging their followers to contact prosecutor Zachary Thompson and seek a ‘quick arrest’.
Jennifer Aniston published a series of images of Ralph Yarl on her Instagram story, revealing the heartbreaking narrative for anybody who wasn’t up to speed.
She went on to say, “Use the contact information below to demand Prosecutor Zachary Thompson make an immediate arrest and bring the appropriate charges.”
Meanwhile, Halle Berry took to Twitter to inform her followers about Yarl’s plight.
“Please do something today!” she pleaded. Join me and please contact prosecutor Zachary Thompson and demand an immediate arrest and bring the appropriate charges.”
…by a man who didn’t want him on his property.— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 17, 2023
This innocent child is now fighting for his life. This could be your child. This should NOT happen.
Please do something today! Join me and please contact Prosecutor Zachary Thompson… (2/3)
“@hallebarry #RalphYarl is precious,” a man who claims to have been Yarl’s 3rd grade teacher wrote, thanking Halle for spreading the message. He was a third-grade kid in my class around 8 years ago.
“Sweet, kind, very bright, hardworking, and everyone’s friend.” Thank you for expressing your thoughts. I’m praying for him!”
The event was reported on a GoFundMe campaign put up by Yarl’s aunt Faith Spoonmore to raise money for his medical fees.
When her nephew collapsed, the man shot him again. Ralph was then able to get up and rush to a neighbor’s home in search of assistance.
Sadly, he had to flee to three different homes before somebody offered to help him after he was told to lie down on the ground with his hands up.
Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney who has previously defended George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Trayvon Martin, will represent the Yarl family.
In a statement, Crump criticised law enforcement for releasing the unidentified suspect, saying, that one can’t just shoot people without having justification when somebody comes knocking on your door – and knocking on your door is not justification. This individual should be charged.