Okay, so here we go again with another one of these, folks. Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend, but this is the second such shooting in recent months. Many of us here at TIOMAR were horrified by the story of Jonathan Ferrell being shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pryor, if you remember, was shot 10 times by a police officer after knocking on the door of a homeowner while seeking help after an early morning car wreck. Well, now there’s this story out of Detroit, Michigan, where 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot and killed while seeking help after an auto accident at 2:30 a.m. last Saturday. Unlike Ferrell, McBride was not shot and killed by a police officer. Instead, she was killed by an occupant of a home, upon whose door she knocked. However, like Ferrell, McBride’s relatives are still seeking answers about why she was shot.
This from The Detroit News:
The family of a Detroit woman shot to death after she is believed to have sought help at a Dearborn Heights home is calling for answers in the incident.
The family of Renisha McBride, 19, said she went for help after a car accident around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. She died of a gunshot wound to the head after knocking on the door of a home on the 16000 block of Outer Drive near Warren in Dearborn Heights, near where the accident occurred. Her cellphone battery had died, her family said.
Few other details about the incident have been released by the Dearborn Heights Police Department.
“Dearborn Heights (has) identified the person who fired the shot and killed the woman,” according to a press release. The statement added that a final report on the shooting will be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review in the near future.
McBride’s maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks, said the shooting was not justified even if the resident believed McBride was an intruder breaking into the home.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” said Spinks on Tuesday. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
Spinks said the family met with officials from the Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday. Spinks said she believes her niece was racially profiled.
“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” said Spinks.
“He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.
“There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Now I know Detroit, Michigan is a pretty rough city. In fact, Detroit is so rough that violent crime are at historic levels. However, having said that, is it really that bad that someone can be shot and killed just for knocking on someone’s front door? I don’t live in Detroit; but I live in a city where old women get their false teeth and hearing aids jacked in armed robberies. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this one is quite puzzling. Especially since relatives are of the belief that McBride was racially profiled, and there hasn’t been any sign of the race of the shooter. At any rate, hopefully the shooter doesn’t walk because police believe the shooting is justifiable, as I’m afraid it will be in the Jonathan Ferrell case. Because the truth is that no matter how dangerous the city of Detroit may be, someone knocking on your door at 2:30 a.m. isn’t a crime nor an imminent threat to one’s life.
Watch the story below: