Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trial in the Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

 It is a scary thought that one cannot ask for help anymore in this world without having to be seen as  some sort of threat or menace, even as a young girl or woman. #Justice4Renisha

For those who need background, Renisha McBride was an unarmed 19-year-old woman who was killed while seeking help in Dearborn Heights, Michigan after surviving a car accident.


reports:Al Jazeera

Over and over, the judge badgered prospective jurors to come clean. Did they know more about this case than they admitted? Did they already have a strong opinion? At one point on Tuesday morning, Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway even asked them, one by one, whether they were aware that “this is real life, this is not television.”

Hathaway was trying to keep control over proceedings that will, inevitably, become a media spectacle one way or the other. The trial of 55-year-old Theodore Wafer in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, which begins with opening arguments on Wednesday, is likely to be this nation’s most racially divisive case of 2014. In many circles, it is billed as a sequel to the case of Trayvon Martin. Both involved unarmed black teens gunned down by white men who asserted they feared for their lives.

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