Family of Ralph Yarl files lawsuit against Andrew Lester after shooting

The family of Ralph Yarl, a teenager who was shot to death in April 2023 after approaching the wrong house in Kansas City, Missouri, is suing the man accused of the shooting for what they say was “misconduct.” reckless and negligent,” a year after the shooting. The incident fueled national outrage over self-defense laws.

The seven-page lawsuit, filed Monday in Clay County Circuit Court by Yarl’s mother, alleges that Andrew Lester, 85, “negligently and negligently discharged a loaded firearm at an unarmed juvenile “. Lester, who is white, was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the shooting that injured Yarl, who is black. He pleaded not guilty in September.

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