\By Jueseppi B.
19 yr old Renisha McBride left home on Friday afternoon.
Sometime on Saturday morning she had an accident, found out that her cell phone battery had died, decided to get out of her car and go seek help. She is now dead from a shotgun blast to the back of her head.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI — Activists who gathered to protest outside Dearborn Heights Police headquarters Thursday night acknowledged that they don’t know every detail that led to the slaying of Renisha McBride, but said an unarmed 19-year-old woman being shot to death should be enough to warrant an arrest.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office said Thursday morning that it needed more information from Dearborn Heights police before an arrest warrant could be issued.
The shooter told police he thought McBride was breaking into his home and that his shotgun fired accidentally.
“I don’t have all of the facts, but I’m outraged that a 19-year-old was shot in the face and no one has been arrested,” said Dream Hampton, one of the organizers of the demonstration.
About 50 demonstrators gathered to demand an arrest. There carried signs that read “Justice for Renisha” and repeatedly chanted the victim’s name.
“I don’t need the whole story at this point,” said Hampton. “I need somebody in handcuffs, whether the charge is manslaughter… or whatever.”
Supporters from around the region were there, but no relatives of McBride appeared.
A person claiming to be a representative of the family told reporters just before the gathering that the protest would be cancelled.
Valerie Burris of Detroit said she took part in the demonstration because the victim could have been her own daughter.
“It makes no sense,” she said. “She was just looking for some help… This young lady could have been my daughter.
“Black life is so devalued… It makes people like the one who did that so full of fear. If this man was afraid, he could have just picked up the phone and dialed 911.”
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and social media activity reminiscent of the response to the 2012 Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
“It’s amazing that in 2013, we still see the lack of value on African American life,” said Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park.
“We though it was just in Sanford, Florida, but it’s also Dearborn Heights, Michigan… We cannot let the system that is supposed to deliver justice off the hook. We understand there is a process, but you remember when Trayvon Martin was killed… they were shuffling their feet.”
He said there may not have been any prosecution in that case had there not been a national outcry. The shooter, George Zimmerman, was ultimately acquitted.
“If I knock on somebody’s door and they are worried why I’m there, they can call 911,” Bullock said. “They can come to the door and say ‘I’m not opening the door. What do you want?’
“… We cannot stand here and say it is normal to kill a stranger just because you are afraid.”
Sharpton is a nationally known civil rights leader with an ability to mobilize widespread demonstrations.
“Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man,” activist Dawud Walid asked the crowd, “would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”
Black Detroit Woman Shot to Death Seeking Help After Car Crash – Renisha McBride
Published on Nov 6, 2013
11/6/13 – Police are investigating the shooting death of a Detroit woman who was killed while seeking help after a late-night car wreck. Family members say 19-year-old Renisha McBride crashed about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Dearborn Heights and knocked on the door of a home in the 16000 block of Outer Drive because her cell phone battery had died.
McBride was shot in the head, killing her. Police said they believe the shot was fired in self-defense, and a neighbor said officers told them the homeowner had gotten scared and shot someone during an apparent break-in attempt.
Her family said they were initially told by police that McBride’s body had been dumped and discovered near Warren Avenue, but police are now saying the woman died on the home’s front porch.
McBride’s family said the shooting wasn’t justified, even if the resident believed the woman was an intruder trying to break in.
“He shot her in the head (and) for what? For knocking on his door,” said McBride’s aunt, Bernita Spinks. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
Spinks said her niece, who was black, was racially profiled in the predominantly white Dearborn Heights.
“She didn’t break in his house; she didn’t break a window,” Spinks said. “What, you seen somebody on your porch and you just start shooting? And then you say it was accidental? That wasn’t accidental; that wasn’t accidental, no.” The case is remarkably similar to the Sept. 14 shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a black former college football player who was shot and killed by police in North Carolina after wrecking his car late at night and seeking help from a nearby home.
An officer who responded to the homeowner’s 911 call fired 12 shots at Ferrell, hitting him 10 times, and is now charged with voluntary manslaughter.
I believe that Stand Your Ground Laws have replaced the rope as a method of lynching Black Americans.
If I had my way, any and all caucasians who murder innocent Black Americans would be hunted, and brought to me, and after a year of doing an Ariel Castro on their racist cracka asses, I’d insert a sawed off 12 gauge up their rectum, close my eyes and squeeze the trigger.
Don’t like my solution….I could give a fuck.
(CBS/AP) DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman who may have gone to his door seeking help after a car accident.
Renisha McBride was killed by a shotgun blast around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Family members say that McBride had gone to the home after her cell phone died following a car accident. They say McBride was shot in the back of the head when she turned to leave.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks told the Detroit News. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
According to reports, the shooter apparently told police he fired his weapon in self-defense, thinking that McBride was an intruder.
“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” Spinks said. “There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Police say they’ve identified the person who shot her and requested a warrant in the case. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says it sent the request back to police Wednesday for additional investigation before making a charging decision.
I want to repeat this one more time for those who may not believe what they read above…..
A woman who appeared to need help in the middle of the night and was subsequently shot to death may have been the victim in a case of self-defense gone wrong, according to WJBK-TV.
Renisha McBride, 19, was killed Saturday in Dearborn Heights, Mich, located just west of Detroit. Her family says she approached a stranger’s house for help around 2:30 a.m. after she had a car accident, according to the Detroit News. She was fatally shot on the porch.
McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks told the paper she believes it was a case of racial profiling.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” Spinks told the paper.“If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911. … She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Family members described McBride as a hardworking, soft-spoken woman who keeps to herself, according to WJBK-TV.
911…..remember when dialing 911 was what one did when feeling threatened by danger?
At least if 911 had been called, she would have been alive a few more minutes…until the police arrived, then they shot her dead.
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