Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Another "Needing help while Black" murder mystery.


Dearborn Heights police believe Renisha McBride, 19, was shot in self-defense as the shooter believed she was an intruder. Her family was initially told by police that her body was "dumped" and discovered near Warren Avenue and Outer Drive, but now police are saying she died on the man's front porch.

Detectives have identified the man they believe shot McBride.

Her family is calling this a "senseless death." They believe she went to the home, knocking, looking for help. They don't know why or what happened from the time she left home until she ended up in Dearborn Heights.

Neighbors tell us they asked police what was going on when they saw patrol cars, and they tell us what officers told them. "He say, somebody tried to get in his house, or seems like force ... and he got scared and shot the person," an unidentified neighbor tells us.

If this case sounds tragically familiar, it’s because it is.
Former Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell, 24,  was shot dead on Saturday, September 14 by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick, 27, while seeking help after a serious car accident.
Kerrick, who has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, claimed that he ordered Ferrell to stop, but his version of events has been disputed by the victim’s family attorney, Christopher Chestnut:
 “From our review, the only sounds were the sounds of gunshots, Chestnut said. There were no commands to stop. There were no commands to freeze; stop or I’ll shoot, police. I think this is a young man who probably was going toward the police officers, the same way if you were injured in a car accident and you saw red or blue lights, you’d run to help not death. He ran to help.”

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