Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Renisha McBride Needed Help But Was Shot In The Face Instead

A little before 1AM on November 2, Detroit police received a call about a no-injury accident in a local neighborhood. The 911 caller said a woman had been speeding down the street, struck a parked car, got out of the vehicle and then left; police initially considered the incident a low priority, so no officers were immediately dispatched.

About 40 minutes later, police received a second 911 call saying the woman had returned to her vehicle, but she was gone when police and EMS arrived. That woman was 19-year-old Renisha McBride; her family believes she was going door-to-door asking for help because her cellphone had died.

At about 4AM, just six blocks away from the accident, Renisha was shot in the face by a man who says he thought she was trying to break into his home; he also says his 12-gauge shotgun discharged accidentally. Now, no one knows what happened between the time of the accident and the time of the shooting, but McBride’s family believe she was shot because she as black.
Michigan prosecutors are now trying to decide whether to charge the homeowner, whose name has not been released. His lawyer says he acted properly, but there are many unanswered questions.

Such as: Renisha was shot in the face — with her wound going front to back, right to left — so the rifle had to be up in the man’s arms and aimed at her face. And while there is some dispute about how far away Renisha was from the homeowner — the autopsy report shows that she was shot in the face and there was "no evidence of close range discharge of a firearm" — it is clear that she was standing on the man’s front porch.

Which begs the question: you hear a noise outside your house at 4AM. You grab your shotgun and head to your front door; you open your front door — and the rifle has to be down while you do this — and then you see a young girl, a five-foot-four-inch tall girl, on your porch. Did the rifle come up? Did the gun go off accidentally? What, if anything did Renisha McBride say to the homeowner before the gun “accidentally” discharged?

McBride's death was ruled a homicide; the homeowner has not been charged.

Here we are again. It’s another Trayvon Martin; another Jonathan Ferrell — see that post HERE. This is the perfect example of why we need gun control in this country. This man has a right to own a gun, but apparently doesn’t have to know how to keep it from discharging. This man has a right to own a gun, but doesn’t Renisha McBride — and Trayvon and Jonathan and others — have the right to the benefit of the doubt before a rifle is raised to her face?

As I’ve said before, if you have a gun, you intend to use it. This man heard a sound, thought his home was being burglarized, grabbed a gun, opened a door and fired. Did he see Renisha before he fired? Did she say a word before being shot in the face? Was she, like Jonathan Ferrell, asking for help after a car accident? And were her pleas for help unanswered because someone chose to shoot first?

We’re rapidly becoming gun nuts in the country, and one day soon half of us will have guns and the other half will be afraid to leave our homes.

Michigan prosecutors consider charges in Renisha McBride shooting


the dogs' mother said...

If someone knocked on the door here at 4am The Engineer would open a window and ask what was the matter.
Easy. Then call 911.

Helen Lashbrook said...

If you have someone you think might be burgling you surely you phone the police rather than open the door? Or does owning a gun make you rather gung-ho, knowing you can shoot anyone you fancy. And if they are black some police seem to think that is okay too.

anne marie in philly said...

sux. :(

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

How many people with dishonest intentions knock on a door?

Makes me think what I would do if I were the home owner and it makes me think what I'd do if I were the stranded person.

I know I've stopped many times to offer help to motorists and yesterday I carries a suitcase up the stairs in Penn Station for a older woman. I was happy she accepted.

Bob Slatten said...

@ Sean
I agree.
It's like the case with Jonathan Ferrell where he knocked at a door after having been in an accident, the woman opened the door, saw a black man, called the cops and they shot him.
Do like TDM says: look out a window first.

S'A said...

Yes, there are too many gun owners in my area who would shot before asking. I'm already scared. Too many nutters.

Mind Of Mine said...

Although very tragic, why do we have to go straight to racial motivations. There so many variables here, it doesn't automatically mean he he shot her because she was black.

mrs.missalaineus said...

prosecutor's office is reviewing the case-

may justice be done. the dearborn/ dearborn heights area is one of the most racist places in the metro. google orville hubbard.