Below is the letter we'll send to Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr.:
Tell Jefferson Parish DA: Indict Joe McKnight's killer!
"This isn’t about race," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand after he released the killer of former NFL star Joe McKnight with no charges. In 2016, when a white man chases down a Black man in his car and shoots him, it's hard to imagine it had nothing to do with race. And if one thing IS clear, it’s that the decision to let Ronald Gasser--previously arrested in 2006 for beating someone in another road rage incident--go free of charges is about protecting yet another white murderer.
At a time when Donald Trump's election has increased racially-motivated attacks, local officials have to make it clear that Black lives matter. If the Sheriff's department won't file charges and arrest Gasser, the District Attorney’s office must. In 2012, when people stood up to demand the arrest of George Zimmerman after he killed Trayvon Martin, we won. Will you sign the petition to make sure Ronald Gasser doesn't get away scot-free?
Here is the Petition:
Dear District Attorney Paul Connick Jr.,
I am writing to ask you to indict Joe McKnight's killer, Ronald Gasser. It is completely despicable that Sheriff Newell Normand released him free of charges. Now it's on you to do the right thing and make sure he doesn't continue to walk free.
Sheriff Normand claims that Gasser is not a flight risk because he's been cooperative with the investigation. But right now, there's nothing legally binding to keep him from fleeing the country. In addition, Gasser's 2006 arrest for beating someone in another road rage incident calls into question whether his release is safe for the residents of Jefferson Parish.
At a time when Donald Trump's election has increased racially-motivated attacks, local officials have to make it clear that Black lives matter. The people of Jefferson Parish are counting on you.