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Posted on 11/07/2013 10:41:41 AM PST by equaviator
A community is looking for answers after 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot in the head after seeking the help of residents in what media reports are describing as a predominantly white Detroit suburb following a car crash in the early morning of Nov. 4.
While Dearborn Heights authorities have refused to release details of the investigation, they have "identified the person who fired the shot and killed the woman."
According to her family, McBride was likely forced to go door-to-door because her cell phone had died.
"She probably wanted to ask him to make a call for her or if she could use the phone," said McBride's maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks told WJBK News.
Yet McBride and others have no idea how their loved one ended up dead.
"This man just came to the door, by somebody just knocking? She didn't break in his house; she didn't break a window. 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," Spinks said.
The family believes that McBride, who is black, was likely racially profiled and is relieved that the police have decided to seek charges in the case.
"I just want justice. I'm not going to stop until we get it," Spinks told Detroit News.
At a Wednesday night vigil, close to 40 family members and friends gathered to pray and share in their grief. Some chanted "No justice, no peace" and "Justice for Renisha."
"We are not going to let him get away with this senseless act he committed against this 19-year-old girl," Rev. W.J. Rideout told Detroit News.
According to Spinks, prosecutors have informed family members that the shooter is in his 50's. An autopsy has not yet been released.
McBride's case recalls a September incident where 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell knocked on the front door of a house in Georgia in the early morning following a car accident. The homeowner, instead of opening the door, called 911. When three police officers arrived, Ferrell ran towards the squad before officer Randall Kerrick drew his gun and shot him 10 times, killing the unarmed Ferrell.
Now, if the facts in this case bear out like being presented you have a reason to have legitimate outrage, too bad the leftists wasted it on hoodies and skittles
A tragedy. Ultimately of godlessness.
I’m surprised Obama hasn’t commented on this one yet.
That is true... the Trayvonmania sort of “crying wolf” takes a toll on credibility of what ought to be credible.
It might also simply be a “white trash” thing and he would have also shot a white teen in the same circumstances. White trash, same as anyone else, must repent or go to hell.
Everyone racially profiles everyone else.
I doubt the reporting on this is any more factual than all the early reports on Saint Skittles.
This sounds like the DISTRACTION Obama needs
‘The family believes that McBride, who is black, was likely racially profiled...’
Really? How do they know at this point what caused the shooting?
It's a a predominantly white Detroit suburb. In Michigan.
Wearing it out if not having wasted it.
Likely scenario.....injured party displayed the wrong sort of attitude when seeking assistance....
“HEY GET YO AZZ TO THE DOOR...Im hurt here you creepy azz cracker”...?
Something is definitely missing from the story. Lots of expected outrage and speculation from the family and nothing from the other side.
BTW, I recently had a woman fitting McBride's general description come up to me on the street and ask me if she could borrow my smartphone to make a call.
Not being born yesterday, I declined.
When I said no, I was called a racist.
I would not let a complete stranger inside my house in the wee hours of the morning either.
We do not know if McBride had a companion with her who conveniently disappeared when the situation went south.
According to local news reports, the time was 2:30 in the morning! TWO THIRTY A.M.!!!!! I think that needs to be made clear. I'm not condoning or blaming.
I should think it would depend on what part of Dearborn Heights.
Historically, it used to be an ethnic community of Catholic minorities such as Poles. But more recently, it has black neighborhoods, I believe, and also a substantial Muslim population—which is why it is often called Dearbornistan.
Its never a good idea knocking on doors at 2AM. If you do, look for a house with the lights on and be calm.
Sorry, was speaking of Dearborn itself. Don’t know about Heights.
And you would believe incorrectly.
When I lived in the area seems to me Dearborn Heights was predominantly Arab?
But a classic push-in robbery situation - committed by methheads of even the most rarified Scandinavian extraction - is the woman in distress needing to get into a house to use the phone, while her boyfriend stands just out of the homeowner's line of sight.
Even if that's what happened, does it justify a shooting?
No responsible gun owner should ever take Joe Biden’s advice about self defense, or the ownership or use of guns.
If Joe Biden tried to unwrap a Twinkie with a crayon, somebody would probably get hurt, then arrested.
Not much to add. Just the usual “hunting season on black children”. Oh, wait that wasn’t king hussein that said that. No. It was someone else that said that. But it might as well have been him. If he only had a daughter. Oh, wait again. He does. Hope neither one of them is punished with a baby anytime soon.
It's not very fashionable to admit on FR, but the muzzies saved Dearborn from the scourge that inflicts their neighbors to the east.
How many incidents of someone using a “woman in distress” as a decoy for a home invasion have happened in this area?
I wouldn’t let her in, but I wouldn’t shoot her, either.
Call the cops, yes. Tell her I did, yes. Let her in, no. Shoot, no.
Good point. At that hour, I answer the door armed and with suspicious expectations at least. I expect something bad and don't like where it is going. It might not take much to be pushed into fear of life.
Also, what was she doing out at 2:30AM? I too am not taking sides yet as I doubt all the details are out there or accurate.
“Fine, I’m a racist. But I still have my phone!”
Lots of insinuated racism in the story with zero evidence to back it up. Interestingly enough, the day after Rachael Madcow declared the Detroit election to be racist because they elected the first white mayor since Coleman Young.
I read where she was shot in the back of the head ... like she was leaving. If so, that’s murder.
It REALLY depends on what was said, how it was said and who it was said to. If a 6'6" 340LB offensive lineman tells a 15 year old girl, "Let me use your phone or I'm going to kill/rape/hurt you!", the girl should shoot him and call the police. Right?
We may never know what all happened and why. Again, I am not taking sides yet. I waited on the Saint Skittles case and am glad I did.
I haven't been there for a couple of years, either, but if Dearborn Heights had any Arabs, they probably were Chaldean.
She could just walk away, and what would you do?
If it were a guy you maybe could just slug him and get it back if you could catch him and he had no accomplices.
However, this is just an unintended consequence of Obama's race war against whites, and the ongoing coast-to-coast racially motivated crimes against whites by black criminals.
96% of black voters voted for the muslim, communist, anti-American, racist POS Obama. 96% of them obviously joined him in his war against America.
A reasonable person would assume that 96% of their encounters with blacks would be with someone who has criminal intent against them personally.
With a locked door between the offensive lineman and the girl? Probably not, no. If/when the guy starts trying to break down the door, then sure.
I agree that it's too early to jump to any conclusions. But, at first glance, this just doesn't smell right.
The homeowner is claiming the shotgun went off by accident, no surprise there. She wasn't shot in the back, which the family claimed. Nobody has made any claim that she was armed or that she was trying to force a door open or anything like that. The homeowner likely panicked and shot on sight.
The homeowner probably should have called 911 and let the police come and shoot her, like that case down in Georgia recently.
If that is precisely how it happened, then certainly.
That's what is great about FR. I remember even on the TM case, amidst several debates about Zimmerman, MANY MANY FReepers kept posting, "We don't have all the facts yet!"
BTW - Me too.
“I’m not condoning or blaming.”
Neither am I but going door-to-door like that? I dunno...
given that we dont know what she said...and how .when approaching the homeowner I dont know.
was she was acting in a threatening manner?
..the shooter likely wasnt in the mood to be vicitimized and may have reacted too rapidly..
I can only offer likely scenarios
I profile when someone knocks on my door. I am a civilian homeowner and can profile how I chose! I have friends who drop by from time to time during daylight hours, but never at night without calling first. A stranger at my door during the day light would be very rare. At night a stranger would be immediately seen as a very possible threat.
That is horrible, insensitive, belligerent and a little funny too. Shame on you.
One very strange thing from that article, though:
Ill confirm that she was in an accident in Detroit and that she left the accident scene, and then some hours transpired before the shooting, Serwatowski said. He declined to say what police believe she was doing before and after the accident.
What happened in the interim? Was she knocked out in the accident? Drunk? Otherwise disoriented? Odd...