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Outrage builds over the shooting death of a 19-year-old black teenager

(Reuters/Joshua Lott)

(Reuters/Joshua Lott)

A little before 1 a.m. on Nov. 2, Renisha McBride crashed her car in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights.





What happened next isn’t exactly clear. What we do know, thanks to a newly released autopsy report, is that McBride died as a result of a shotgun blast to the head on the porch of a house belonging to a 54-year-old white male.

McBride’s family insists that she was looking for help after the accident.

“This was an unarmed girl,” said Gerald Thurswell, the attorney representing the McBride family. “He had the shotgun in her face, the shotgun has a safety on it, in order for that gun to go off he would have [had to release it].”

The homeowner, who police haven’t named because no charges have been filed against him, said through his attorney that he thought McBride was a home invader because he heard a “lot of banging” at his door. He also reportedly said that he felt “devastated” at her death.

Details are still coming in. But the fact that nobody has been arrested for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager has naturally led to comparisons to the case of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The fact that Michigan, like Florida, has a strong stand-your-ground law has also stirred up national interest.

Protests have sprung up in the Detroit area. A “Justice for Renisha McBride” campaign has been started on Facebook. And civil rights groups have begun chiming in.
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