Last Saturday, Renisha McBride got stranded after a car accident in a suburban neighborhood in Detroit. Her cellphone battery was dead, so she went to the nearest house and knocked on the door, planning to ask for help. Instead, unprovoked, the owner of the house fatally shot her in the head.
It should have lead to an arrest. But here's the thing: Michigan is one of the 30 states that has a "Stand Your Ground" Law. Like in the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin in Florida, gun-owners in Michigan are allowed to "shoot first" if they feel someone poses a threat.
In this case, Renisha's killer is claiming he shot her in the face by accident because he thought she could be a burglar. He has not been arrested.
No one should have to fear being shot when asking for help. Can you sign the petition demanding a full investigation into the shooting of Renisha McBride?
Tell Detroit Police Chief James Craig & Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy:
"No one should be killed for the simple act of asking for help. We demand a full investigation into Renisha McBride's death and for the perpetrator to be brought to justice."