(The Christian Science Monitor) – Joe McKnight was a 28-year-old black man and a 205-pound former NFL running back and kick returner. Ronald Gasser is a 54-year-old white man.
When Mr. McKnight walked up to Mr. Gasser’s sedan midday Thursday, uttering obscenities at Gasser in what authorities would later describe as a road rage incident turned tragic, Gasser fired three shots from his driver’s seat, killing the football star.
The confrontation at an intersection in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown first drew outrage from the black community and social media because the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office released Gasser without charging him. But ever since Gasser was arrested for manslaughter on Monday, attention has shifted to Louisiana’s stand-your-ground law and whether it and other laws like it enable racial biases in the name of self-defense.