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No Charges For Man Who Killed Former NFL Player Joe McKnight

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The man who admitted to investigators that he shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight has been allowed to walk free. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Brett Erlich, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"The man held in the fatal shooting of the former N.F.L. player Joe McKnight in Louisiana admitted to investigators that he had pulled the trigger, the authorities said, but he was allowed to walk free without charges on Friday while they investigated the case.

The man, Ronald Gasser, 54, was released overnight, hours after Mr. McKnight was shot three times about 2:45 p.m. Thursday in an apparent “road rage” episode in Terrytown, La., about five miles southeast of New Orleans, the sheriff’s office said.

In a statement, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said that the two men had had a “heated verbal exchange.” During a news conference, Newell Normand, the sheriff, said the case might have escalated into violence because someone “recklessly” cut off the other while driving on a bridge.

The decision to release Mr. Gasser, who is white, infuriated supporters and former teammates of Mr. McKnight, who was black, and they took to social media to express outrage.

Sheriff Normand, appearing at times defiant and frustrated before reporters in Harvey, La., on Friday, said that the authorities would be very deliberate in the investigation, that witnesses were still being located and interviewed, and that people planning to protest must do it within a designated area or they would be jailed.

“This investigation is not going to be moved, influenced, coerced or changed in any way by any external force, comments or otherwise,” he said. “I can’t control what’s on the social networks, and if we want to continue to be silly, that’s fine.”

Asked if the case would be investigated as a hate crime, Sheriff Normand said that there was no evidence yet to suggest that it should be. “Everybody wants to make this about race,” he said. “This isn’t about race.”

Asked why Mr. Gasser was freed if he had admitted to the shooting, he said that in Louisiana there were some “relative statutes that provide defenses to certain crimes” and that the authorities would need to determine whether the shooting was justified.”*

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80 comments

  1. Posted by Shining Star, at Reply

    Here come the trolls ready to defend the angry homicidal driver.

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +LordLux It’s probably black hole empty, so filled with emptiness that only
      worthless nonsense escapes his mouth. LOL

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +KIROTHEDON Chosen1 You’re calling me out? OH NO! What ever shall I do???
      Would you like my address? Go to my channel and get my email and just hit
      me up via email saying you want some violence. I’ll give you my address 🙂

    • Posted by LordLux, at Reply

      +A Rogue Chihuahua No lol, I meant you. You’re here, spewing bullshit.
      Obviously your life is empty. I was just wondering how empty it is.

  2. Posted by The Trilluminati, at Reply

    Only in America can you kill a man, admit to it, and walk away freely. Your
    country is a disgrace.

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +KIROTHEDON Chosen1 Hahahahahah

  3. Posted by Jesus Christ, at Reply

    Because if a black Muslim superpredatory thug shot an upper class
    Anglo-Saxon Beverly Hills college soccer player with a rich dad driving in
    his Ferrari in the middle of the street, he would be set free too.

    • Posted by Jesus Christ, at Reply

      +Reuben SJ Dunno if you’ve ever seen the world outside of your mother’s
      basement madly typing about how someone’s a cuck.

    • Posted by Jesus Christ, at Reply

      +m8onethousand anglosaxon is not a race

    • Posted by m8onethousand, at Reply

      +Jesus Christ What do you mean? Such a non-sequitur.

    • Posted by Jesus Christ, at Reply

      +m8onethousand Do you know what a non-sequitur is?

  4. Posted by Shawne Bradley, at Reply

    She’s right! (the black lady on panel.) Regardless if the suspect was
    racist or not isn’t point (time will tell if he was racist, we have to wait
    for more facts.) I know, and yall do too, had he been Black (the shooter)
    WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN LET GO. Come on ppl, let’s NOT play off what we’ve been
    seeing play out in this country for dam near for ever…. Name me ONE black
    person, lol that same situation happened and the “black guy” was let off?
    PLEEEEASE, I CAN GIVE YALL A BUNCH OF THESE EXAMPLES OF WHITE ON BLACK
    ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAY LONG LET GO! When do ppl put pride aside and
    take heads out asses?! Smfh…

    • Posted by Shawne Bradley, at Reply

      ralx225b Amen…… …..

    • Posted by m8onethousand, at Reply

      smh smfh smh if I type enough smfh’s people will think I’m using my brain
      smfh smfh smh smh

  5. Posted by Crystal Sanders, at Reply

    How hard is it to look for a gun of the victim? It’s a body and a car.

    • Posted by 8bitpothead, at Reply

      +KnuckleHunkybuck smh no…

    • Posted by KnuckleHunkybuck, at Reply

      +8bitpothead
      Could you please elaborate what “smh no…” means? That’s as useful a
      response as “buh sna fu cloosk” to me. Preferably in English, as is the
      custom when responding to an English-language commenter. Thank you kindly.

    • Posted by mrbonzzai, at Reply

      lol. Idiots in this thread thinking that the dead guy put the gun back in
      the hiding spot in his car.

    • Posted by mrbonzzai, at Reply

      Baulbustor So the dead guy hid his gun after being shot dead? Your
      stupidity is amazing.

  6. Posted by Krazy Shady, at Reply

    America is fuckkkkkkkkked, in so many different ways

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +m8onethousand I’m in Texas

    • Posted by Krazy Shady, at Reply

      +Jake Savin that’s pretty gay

    • Posted by Jake Savin, at Reply

      Krazy Shady I guess it is, I’ll have my dog do it

  7. Posted by PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ATL, at Reply

    Brett is a brave man!! The fact that he is on TYT and saying the things he
    said is bold. That being said, I imagine he will be looking for a job
    soon!!

    • Posted by ollehkacb, at Reply

      he freaking suprised me.

    • Posted by ollehkacb, at Reply

      Bam Westy they uploaded their meltdowns.

    • Posted by Raf Amador, at Reply

      +ollehkacb you call those melt downs ?

    • Posted by shaochia vang, at Reply

      +PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ATL He will, I see Ben getting into it with Cenk also
      and he’s still on.

  8. Posted by Anthony Mitchell, at Reply

    I wonder if they got him Burger King too.

    • Posted by Mr. Eva, at Reply

      Anthony Mitchell damn…

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +KIROTHEDON Chosen1 If I kick your sister in the chin, will she bite your
      wiener off? lol

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +tobz d Be careful tobz d… That KIROTHEDON will really come to your house
      and get you XD lololololol

  9. Posted by Deftones Dsm, at Reply

    just like cops should be you shoot someone justified OR NOT you get held
    24hrs manditory!!

    • Posted by iMarooned, at Reply

      TruthAndMoreTruth And so they let the guy who shot him go, pending the
      possibility of investigation, ask yourself why did the other suspect in an
      identical road rage row turned murder, of NFL star Will Smith, get arrested
      and charged immediately?! Now facing murder charges in court in two weeks
      time?!

      Oh this’ll make it clearer… The shooter this time around was an old white
      guy murdering a young black man!

    • Posted by iMarooned, at Reply

      Pierre TheTRex And so they let the guy who shot him go, pending the
      possibility of investigation, ask yourself why did the other suspect in an
      identical road rage row turned murder, of NFL star Will Smith, get arrested
      and charged immediately?! Now facing murder charges in court in two weeks
      time?!

      Oh this’ll make it clearer… The shooter this time around was an old white
      guy murdering a young black man!

    • Posted by SpathaMagna, at Reply

      +Deftones Dsm I think you could expand that to include anyone who has
      killed another person, and there are so many reasons. The most important of
      which is that you want to ensure the safety of the public and the shooter
      until justice can be served. As law enforcement you don’t want vigilante
      justice being enacted on the shooter, and you don’t want the shooter to
      kill more people who approach them angrily.

      It doesn’t matter if the manslaughter/murder suspect is cooperating
      perfectly in every way at the time, because all it takes is for them to
      experience a moment of panic and then they’re on the run.

    • Posted by Ray Baby, at Reply

      It’s just a matter of time when this white dude that shot the black nfl
      player will be arrested & convicted. WHY! Because as soon as the NFL
      players ALL rise & put their money together in a court of law, then the
      game is over. Watch! 1 by 1 these multi- millionaires will come forward for
      their fallen comrade & CONVICT his killer.

  10. Posted by Manc26, at Reply

    White people always get the benefit of the doubt in the general population

    • Posted by dumbassmoron, at Reply

      Not always, but when someone gets the benefit of the doubt he is white or
      rich or famous.

    • Posted by itsadogsworld yaknow, at Reply

      +Michael Woodard George Zimmerman went home the same night. He is not
      White. Is there Latino Privilege too? It’s the way the Law has to work in
      some of these stand your ground laws. The investigation has just started.

    • Posted by D.R. Littlejohn, at Reply

      itsadogsworld for your info zimmermen was a white Latino, dummy (ie.
      Spanierd)

    • Posted by Erik B, at Reply

      Yeah isn’t it weird how forensic evidence always benefits the white person?
      Reality has a white bias!!!

    • Posted by Kevin Carey, at Reply

      really cause in ALL of these stories AUTOMATICALLY the black person is the
      innocent party no matter what the white guy defending himself is
      AUTOMATICALLY the Evil White Racist Killer.

  11. Posted by rollingcan, at Reply

    You can’t kill someone in a road rage. It’s call murder. Can’t believe they
    let him out so fast. My mentally ill brother stole can of bean and he was
    in jail for 3 weeks.

    • Posted by A Rogue Chihuahua, at Reply

      +Island Girl Yeah road rage is illegal. So maybe McKnight shouldn’t have
      lost his mind while having a fit of road rage and attacked that man. And
      don’t talk to me about Southern La girl, I was born in Lafayette, lived in
      Baton Rouge, Plaquemine, Bayou Sorrel, Pidgen, Franklin,Jeanerette, I’ve
      lived all over that state and I know how it is, it’s no different than
      anywhere else so stop acting like you live somewhere different and hard!
      The normal people trust the police, it’s only people who live on the wrong
      side of the law who don’t trust the police.

    • Posted by Island Girl, at Reply

      +A Rogue Chihuahua I was also born in Lafayette and I don’t need someone
      trying to teach me about how to kill a man … when the cops actually
      taught me how to fight LOL

      My family is from Lafayette, Abbeville, Kaplan, etc… I lived all over the
      world and attended UL ( formerly USL…

      The last thing we need is more people like you making this about race when
      it is about nothing but that.
      There is a huge mistrust of police in New Orleans and some rural areas.
      That is a whole new topic.
      I live in Rhode Island and I have been here since 2005.. stop acting like u
      live in a world that is so great when the state fails all scores in living
      vs the rest of the country…

    • Posted by Island Girl, at Reply

      +A Rogue Chihuahua I’m done here so if u want to respond, this is now
      blocked…
      Throw away the bowl of kush kush and take a walk…

  12. Posted by Ivory Oasis, at Reply

    Lol Brett instantly goes into “race blind white guy”…over a black guy
    killed by a white guy in Louisiana then the killer is allowed to go
    home….nice work lol.

    • Posted by Evan Green, at Reply

      +Ivory Oasis

      C U C K

      U

      C

      K

    • Posted by Ernest Wilcox, at Reply

      nickmeistersa very true

    • Posted by KIROTHEDON Chosen1, at Reply

      +Evan Green You upset about it…. SOO!!! Now go cry on your Donald j
      chumpanzee poster.

    • Posted by artestra, at Reply

      ivory Oasis he isn’t wrong though

  13. Posted by EspirituGonzalez, at Reply

    #whiteprivelege

    • Posted by Jekyll Hyde, at Reply

      #IllegalDirticanOnWelfare

  14. Posted by Titus Orelius, at Reply

    Goddamn, never thought Brett was so brave. Is he high maybe?

    • Posted by Raf Amador, at Reply

      +Titus Orelius yeah its annoying.

    • Posted by Ori Ibeji, at Reply

      he isn’t racist i’m black and I appreciate brett’s opposing view because it
      added more insight to the conversation

    • Posted by Titus Orelius, at Reply

      +Ori Ibeji
      His view would also help us not look like fools for jumping the gun, so to
      speak, before we get all the facts. He’s basically countering the usual
      TYT narrative spin that started happening in this video. I usually hate
      Brett but I really respect what he did here.

    • Posted by Carol Kitteral, at Reply

      Ori Ibeji quit lying you’re white, we know some of you whites are
      pretending to be black in some of these pages. Please!!

    • Posted by Ori Ibeji, at Reply

      Carol Kitteral no I’m black and I agree this man shouldn’t have walked free
      at all but I also have to respect what Brent added to the conversation that
      maybe his lawyer got him off by demanding the freeing on his client if no
      charges were going to be filed. What the police should have done is filed
      charges and retained the main under investigation

  15. Posted by loudpinklips, at Reply

    He wouldn’t have been released if he were a black guy. Don’t say “I don’t
    know” when you know damn well. The facts are he was released after gunning
    someone down from an incident of road rage. The reason it seemed “weird”
    when Cenk thought it was two black men in the hood is because it would have
    never happened had it been two black men, the shooter would have not been
    released! Wake up people. I completely agree with Ana. When it comes to
    race we tend to go to “our side” BUT you cant ignore the signs. and Also,
    its very weird to keep reiterating looking for a gun on the victim,
    ESPECIALLY when the man who shot him ADMITTED to doing it and stayed around
    to wait on the cops. Did he ever claim self defense? if not why would they
    be digging so deep for a gun? To make it seem as if there would be a reason
    a shooter could have for killing McKnight..

    • Posted by Marie Teach, at Reply

      maybe he was released because it was caught on camera and was obvious self
      defense.

    • Posted by General Phil, at Reply

      Marie Teach Even though their police chief said on a live interview that
      there was no recording of this incident?

      Where the hell are people getting their facts from?

    • Posted by loudpinklips, at Reply

      +Marie Teach Obvious Self Defense? You’ve gotta be joking. And where is
      this video that was supposedly caught on camera ?

    • Posted by Michael Woodard, at Reply

      loudpinklips you are fly, and on point. kudos

  16. Posted by Brent Posy, at Reply

    White privilege on a grand display, once again.

    • Posted by xxianoob, at Reply

      Brent Posy Neglected Black at its best

    • Posted by Blia Yang, at Reply

      MonsterBoy -1999 I’m Asian and even I know if he walks free after
      corroborating damning testimony which assures his guilt of murder in cold
      blood then it’s bias one way or the other. Come on, seek justice not defend
      wrongdoings.

      Obama being elected has nothing to do with partial prefrential treatment.
      Zero correlation.

    • Posted by Thy Eston, at Reply

      how do you restrict ideology? you cant make racism between citizens illegal
      because racism is an ideology thats taught and learned. racism will always
      be around, no matter what laws are put into effect. you cant make beliefs
      and thoughts illegal

  17. Posted by Mr fas, at Reply

    America has race problems in thier justice system.

    • Posted by Abram Carroll, at Reply

      The justice system is the slave system of the south. The race problem is by
      design.

    • Posted by catothewiser, at Reply

      You will always have race problems with diversity. That is why segregation
      is the only sable solution.

    • Posted by jumper F22, at Reply

      +catothewiser Uhhh , just get rid of segregation and race.

    • Posted by catothewiser, at Reply

      When will the NAACP be closed down?

    • Posted by jumper F22, at Reply

      +catothewiser ?? Government funded, when will they stop producing budwiser
      it’s a disgrace to beers

  18. Posted by doodelay, at Reply

    Brett, I’m black and I honestly didn’t know race was still such a huge deal
    in this country until recently. I believe in being unbiased until the
    evidence comes in, but at some point experience comes in and you’re able to
    come to accurate conclusions faster than an inexperienced person on these
    issues.
    The panel and some of these viewers are extremely experienced on these
    issues and I think that perhaps, you may just really be being exposed to
    all this. So you’re just as unbiased as we are, but we are faster to
    recognize the issue than you currently are.
    I do think you were absolutely right at the end of the video though.

    • Posted by ollehkacb, at Reply

      doodelay if you only watch tyt, you would come to that conclusion. but tyt
      never corrected statements they made abput certain casrs and made them seem
      worse than they appeared. so yeah you have experience but only from one
      angle.

    • Posted by Aids Skrillex, at Reply

      Black people want to act so oppressed.
      This place is conspiracy paradise.
      “The white boogeyman coming to get ya!”
      Please don’t pander or even respond to these folk.
      Their mental illness is so deeply imbedded into their thinking your logic
      will never get through.
      Because that is how they supposed to be.

    • Posted by DJ Ango, at Reply

      Aids Skrillex Maybe you shouldn’t generalize so much and they might not
      feel like that. I mean look at your comment- you just made an assumption
      about a whole race of people and called there opinion a “mental illness”.
      Does that help anything?

      But to stick to the issue at hand, in what world can you admit to killing
      someone and have charges dropped? (regardless of race)I’ll wait.

  19. Posted by mediadrone01, at Reply

    Thumbs up for Brett calling out the panel’s race-baiting.