On Saturday, Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old black woman, was in a car accident in Dearborn Heights, a wealthy, majority-white city adjacent to Detroit. She was injured, she was disoriented, her cell phone was dead, and she knocked on the wrong door looking for help. She knocked on the door of a 54-year-old man, who opened the door and shot her in the face with a shotgun — either accidentally or justifiably, depending on whether you ask the man or his lawyer. While Michigan is a “stand your ground” state, there is no evidence that the man made any effort to contact police before he killed McBride, nor that she was armed with anything more than a dead cell phone.
Police requested an arrest warrant for the man on Tuesday, but the Wayne County prosecutor’s office asked the police to do further investigation before a warrant would be issued. McBride’s family asked the public that the police be given time to investigate, saying they’re confident that the man will ultimately be arrested. Renisha McBride was buried by her family and friends Friday morning.