The killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who was shot after knocking on a stranger’s door to ask for help in the wee morning hours of November 2, was “justified” according to her shooter’s attorney.
“On that night he was woken up. … Everything was dark in the house, and he was awoken by sounds of a person or persons trying to get into his home,” said Bloomfield Hills attorney Cheryl Carpenter.
“He called 911 right away,” Carpenter said. “On the night of the shooting, he completely cooperated with police on his own. He went in and made a statement to them.”
“I’m confident when the evidence comes, it will show that my client was justified and acted as a reasonable person would who was in fear for his life.”
“He” is a 54-year-old man who is so “justified” in killing McBride that, despite community pressure and family pleading, the Dearborn Heights Police have not released his name nor charged him with a crime.
As previously reported by Hello Beautiful, McBride knocked on the door seeking help after a car crash. Instead, she got a gunshot wound to the head.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” said McBride’s aunt, Bernita Spinks. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” asked Spinks. “He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.
“There was no windows broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone,” said Spinks. “She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Contrary to reports and the family’s insistence that McBride was shot in the back of the head, Lt. James Serwatowski insists that she was shot in the face.
“This man’s claiming – believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he’s also saying the gun discharged accidentally,” Lt. James Serwatowski, chief detective, said today.
“This girl was not shot in the back of the head while leaving the porch,” Serwatowski said “I don’t know where the family is getting this. She was shot in the front of the face, near the mouth.”
Community leaders and activists, organized by Yusef Shakur and Detroit native and filmmaker dream hampton, held a protest in front of the Dearborn Heights Police headquarters on Thursday, November 7 to demand justice for McBride.
“This is about being black in America. I’m here tonight because black life matters,” said Shakur. “We’re here for justice. Black people deserve the same treatment as white people.”
Watch hampton’s video on Renisha McBride below:
McBride’s family released a statement calling for “peace and justice as they continue to challenge the system to arrest and try the alleged assailant for [his] horrific act,” reports the Detroit Free Press.
Despite the national attention, the police continue to protect the identity of McBride’s shooter.
“I know the family is anxious to see this man charged but the prosecutor’s office is telling us they want a lot more information before they make a decision,” Serwatowski said.
Apparently, a dead, unarmed, Black woman shot either in the face or the back of the head is not enough “information.”
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