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“Knocking on your door is not justification.”

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, regarding the shooting by a homeowner of Ralph Yarl, a Black teenager who was shot after he rang the doorbell to the wrong house as he was attempting to pick up his younger brothers. Yarl was shot twice, then ran to seek help for his injuries. Yarl’s family has retained Crump’s Florida-based law firm. (Associated Press — April 17, 2023)

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