Once Again A Young African American Is Killed For Seeking Help Following A Car Accident

renisha CBS News reports on a tragedy that echos the police killing of Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina less than two months ago:

The attorney representing the family of a Detroit teenager who was shot and killed while apparently seeking help after a car accident says the girl was injured and may have wandered a Dearborn Heights neighborhood for as long as an hour before arriving on the porch of the man who shot her.

McBride, whose cell phone was apparently dead, “knocked on several doors and no one answered,” said Thurswell. The one man who did come to the door, apparently came armed with a shotgun. McBride was shot in the face and died on the man’s front porch.

Police have said the man, who has not been identified but is reportedly 54-years-old, told them he thought McBride was trying to break into his home and that the shotgun fired accidentally.

Thurswell said that McBride graduated from Southfield High School in 2012 and was working full-time at an auto plant and living at home with her mother at the time of her death.

6 Comments on "Once Again A Young African American Is Killed For Seeking Help Following A Car Accident"

  1. Stryker Soto | Nov 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm |

    USA is so fucked up.

  2. Hadrian999 | Nov 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    No way this can meet the requirements for self defense, I hope the killer is prosecuted, I may be a minority among 2nd amendment supporters but in my opinion you should have to pass a written exam on self defense laws and local carry and transport laws before getting your first gun

    • I’d like to see safety, marksmanship, and ethics training. I don’t go to indoor ranges anymore because people don’t know what they’re doing and I don’t feel like getting shot. The problem with the written exam idea is that laws change and that it wouldn’t be equal between states. You might need to go to law school to pass a test for DC or Illinois. If there were to be such a test, it should only include what all states have in common.

      In any case, there are no truly accidental gun deaths. Guns fire when you pull the trigger and they destroy whatever you point them at. This was murder.

    • Tuna Ghost | Nov 12, 2013 at 8:55 am |

      Unfortunately, given the way the law is worded on the books, this actually does constitute self-defense in Michigan.

  3. mannyfurious | Nov 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm |

    Was she wearing a hoodie?

  4. Tom Robinson | Nov 13, 2013 at 10:21 am |

    Should this guy receive protection under the law? Hmm… I doubt it. In order for someone to legally use deadly force in Michigan, one must “honestly and reasonably” believe they or another person
    are being threatened with death, severe injury or rape.
    Perhaps. “Reasonably?” Come on. Someone merely knocking on your door
    is not grounds for such belief. Let’s say this guy shot some cookie-toting girl scouts who knocked on his door. This would be an open-and-shut case. Also, I’m guessing that this young lady was ringing his doorbell and saying something along the lines of, “Help, please help, i was in a car accident,” etc.
    And let’s address something else: if you draw a firearm on someone, IT does not go off accidentally. YOU may fire it accidentally.

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