Protesters demand justice in Renisha McBride shooting death

RenishaBy Ashley Sword, Press and Guide Newspapers

About 50 people gathered in front of the police station Thursday evening to protest the shooting death last weekend of a 19-year-old Detroit woman.

Renisha McBride died after she was shot at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the front porch of a house on Outer Drive, just north of Warren Avenue. According to published reports, she had been in a car crash. Family members said she went to look for help at residences in the area after her cellphone battery died.

McBride reportedly was shot by a resident of the house.

“We are here to stand up for a better America for our children,” said Dream Hampton, a writer who helped organize the protest.

“Renisha could’ve easily been me, your daughters, your sons.”

Throughout Hampton’s speech, residents chanted: “Justice for Renisha” and “No justice, no peace.”

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan chapter, asked the crowd:

“Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man, would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”

“What we need, this man needs to be arrested.” (Read more)