This is what allegedly happened according to Time magazine (Nov. 06, 2013):
Renisha McBride was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun Saturday, the Detroit News reports. McBride was in a car accident at roughly 2:30 a.m. that morning. Her cell phone battery had died, her family said, and she is believed to have gone to a house looking for help, where she was shot and killed.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” the woman’s aunt told local TV station Fox 2. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.” She added, “I feel it was racial.”
The race and identity of the shooter, and the specific charges against him, have not been released.
But Detroit Free Press (November 7, 2013) quoting Lt. James Serwatowski, chief detective of Dearborn Heights PD has a slight different version (extracts):
Dearborn Heights police say a homeowner told investigators his shotgun accidentally discharged, hitting Renisha McBride in the face as she stood on his porch….“This girl was not shot in the back of the head while leaving the porch,” Serwatowski said “I don’t know where the family is getting this. She was shot in the front of the face, near the mouth.”….“I’ll confirm that she was in an accident in Detroit and that she left the accident scene, and then some hours transpired” before the shooting, Serwatowski said……Serwatowski said the shooting occurred about 3:40 a.m. and the accident happened at about 1:30 a.m. He declined to say what police believe McBride was doing before and after the accident.
They are not specifying what charges might be brought on the homeowner, but if it looks like he opened the door, then he cannot claim self-defense and if the shooting was not intentional, then I am wildly guessing maybe involuntary manslaughter.
But, of course, the death of a black teen at the hands of a white person immediately brings out the hordes of idiots who hate Stand Your Ground and have no problem adjudicating any shooting to it.
From Salon Magazine (Nov 6, 2013):
Police have now asked that charges be brought against the shooter. But since a “stand your ground” law applies in Michigan, the charges may not stick. As Rania Khalek has rightly pointed out on her blog, “The problem with a law like Stand Your Ground is that it excuses and encourages deadly force against ‘perceived’ threats. In the United States, where implicit and structural racism persists on a vast scale, is it wise to empower people who almost certainly have irrational and racist fears.
Before I would say that the author is a moron who does not understand the difference between Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine (the event happened at the porch of the shooter’s house) but after the bills introduced in the Florida Legislature trying to kill Stand Your Ground, Castle Doctrine and the Extension of the Castle Doctrine, I am starting to get a bit worried and think this is now a coordinated effort to eliminate Self Defense from our laws.
The playing of the Race card is nothing more than trying to raise an outrage and generate publicity. Each party has its own reasons why and I won’t try to speculate, suffice to say I don’t think it will go far as people are getting tired of it.
And remember: It ain’t paranoia if they really after your right to self-defense.