Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen Girl Draws Comparisons to Florida Case
An unarmed black teenager was shot by a white man in a state with permissive self-defense laws — but in Michigan earlier this month, not Florida last year. Renisha McBride was in a car accident in Dearborn, Michigan, and seeking help, according to her family, when she pounded on the door of a nearby home on November 2. Tests show that she was intoxicated at the time. The homeowner claims to have felt threatened and shot McBride in the face. The case has attracted national attention from civil rights leaders. Despite ambiguities surrounding the events and Michigan’s stand-your-ground laws, prosecutors charged the homeowner with second-degree murder on Friday.