TKC Reader Questions Racially Charged MSM Narrative Amid Northland Teen Shooting Trial

First off . . . Let's start by noting that TKC doesn't completely agree with every word of this note HOWEVER we appreciate the perspective and wanted to provide some space for an alternative consideration of this case that's still garnering nationwide coverage.

The "Stand Your Ground" & Castle Doctrine defense are legit matters of legal debate no matter your partisan perspective. 

Meanwhile . . . Criticism of MSM and activist allegations should always be part of the discourse.

Accordingly, here's an extensive note recently sent our way that merits some consideration from our TKC BLOG COMMUNITY . . .

TKC Reader: What Happened To Journalistic Integrity?


Attention KCMO and national media:  Please pay attention when people initially lie to you, only to change their version of reality when the evidence forces their hand.

What did we learn on August 31 at the preliminary hearing of Andrew Lester, a Northland homeowner accused of shooting a teenager who had purportedly gone to the wrong address after dark to pick up his siblings?

For the first time publicly, Ralph Yarl testified that he DID grab the outer storm door handle and pull on it, expecting to be let into the residence.  Why is this confession of paramount importance to Andrew Lester's defense?  Because up until this point, Ralph Yarl, the Yarl family, and their legal team had always insisted that Ralph NEVER touched any part of the front doors (storm door or primary door) before being shot.  They were adamant that Ralph Yarl had only rang the doorbell and stood on the front porch.  So why did they LIE?

Please recall that in the immediate aftermath of the April 13 shooting, the woman identified as Ralph's aunt (Faith Spoonmore, clean-shaven head) served as the family spokesperson and fed the assembled media a racially-charged tale of a completely innocent black teenager purposely fired upon by an elderly racist white man.  The true story of an unfortunate series of mistakes by Ralph Yarl, the Yarl family, and Andrew Lester would likely never have become a major news headline, let alone a national sensation, if from the beginning the public was informed that homeowner Lester had been roused from bed by constant doorbell ringing, and when he opened his interior front door, a male whom he'd never seen before was pulling on his outside storm door attempting to enter his residence.  The Yarl family knew that this detail would torpedo their false claim of complete innocence, so they made the decision to LIE.

They also likely have learned that the KCPD crime lab was able to recover Ralph Yarl's DNA/fingerprints from Lester's outer storm door.  How do you explain away that evidence if you stick to the original LIE that Yarl at no time, never, ever, touched Lester's front doors?  They had no choice but to admit the LIE, and hope that the media continues to carry their water.

Now, this gets us to the heart of Andrew Lester's credible defense.  Missouri's "Stand Your Ground" law states in part:

2.  A person shall not use deadly force upon another person under the circumstances specified in subsection 1 of this section unless:

 (1)  He or she reasonably believes that such deadly force is necessary to protect himself, or herself or her unborn child, or another against death, serious physical injury, or any forcible felony;

 (2)  Such force is used against a person who unlawfully enters, remains after unlawfully entering, or attempts to unlawfully enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle lawfully occupied by such person; or

 (3)  Such force is used against a person who unlawfully enters, remains after unlawfully entering, or attempts to unlawfully enter private property that is owned or leased by an individual, or is occupied by an individual who has been given specific authority by the property owner to occupy the property, claiming a justification of using protective force under this section.

Another interesting admission which was revealed at the August 31 preliminary hearing occurred when Ralph Yarl testified that on the night of the shooting, he didn't have a cellphone with him because he'd lost it at school.  That is NOT what Yarl family members had said previously when telling their version of events to local and national media.  They portrayed Ralph as a typical teenager who somehow absentmindedly went to the wrong house, and frequently didn't carry his phone with him.  A teenager who doesn't cling to their cellphone, really?  When speaking to CBS Mornings' Gayle King, Ralph's own mother (Cleo Nagbe) actually threw him under the proverbial bus saying that her son had gone to the wrong address.  Yet, when Ralph had his first brief interview with detectives in the hospital, before the family quit cooperating with police, he said that he'd been given the wrong address.  Did anyone at Ralph's high school find his phone and turn it in?  Did Ralph's supposedly lost phone ping in the driveway of Andrew Lester on the night in question?  How come absolutely no one in media has investigated these questions?

As Andrew Lester's defense attorney, Steve Salmon, CORRECTLY stated, on the night in question, a series of mistakes were made by all the parties involved, resulting in the shooting.  It was an accident.  Race did NOT play a part in the shooting.  Despite this truth, don't count on the liberal race-baiting corporate media to revise their story.  Within minutes of hearing the initial reports from KCMO, they predetermined the complete story-board of characters and outcomes. The truth doesn't matter to them.  Someone whose story has remained remarkably consistent, from his first 911 call immediately after the shooting to present day, is the homeowner Andrew Lester.  The same Andrew Lester who told 911 that a man just tried to break into his home.  The same Andrew Lester who asked KCPD responding officers if the man was going to be ok, he felt bad that he'd been forced to defend himself in a split-second, with the man pulling on the storm door attempting entry.

With the media's prejudicial coverage of this case, almost exclusively presenting the Yarl family's version as fact, in the most lopsided news coverage since "Dewey Defeats Truman", this trial will have to be moved from the KCMO region if impartial jurors can still be located.

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW…it's what you would seek for yourself and loved ones.


You decide . . .