We at Political Blind Spot were amongst the first to report on the murder of Renisha McBride, and unarmed African American woman who was shot dead in the back of the head, by a white man with a shotgun.
In our initial report, we noted that “The police initially told McBride’s family that her body was ‘dumped’ and discovered near Warren Avenue and Outer Drive. Now the police are saying that she died where she stood, on the man’s front porch, asking for help.”
The Dearborn Police have been far from forthcoming about McBride’s murder. The local news media too has fumbled the story, initially running the early police statements that McBride’s body was “dumped.” Where did they get such an idea? Directly from the police. But when the police changed their own story, the media followed suit instead of asking tough questions.
Local Fox 2 Detroit initially said “Teenager’s body found dumped in Dearborn Heights,” saying clearly that “A young woman is shot and killed, her body dumped in Dearborn Heights. Now her family wants to know who would do this and why.”
They later killed this story after the police changed theirs…
NewsCastic said “A young woman is shot and killed, her body dumped in Dearborn Heights. Now her family wants to know who would do this and why.”
Early headlines from RSSPump said, “Teen found shot to death in city’s north end” and “The body of a 19-year-old was found over the weekend near Warren Avenue… Teenager’s body found dumped in Dearborn Heights.”
Fox decided to give the man the benefit of the doubt; quoting the police. The headline read: “Police: Death of woman, 19, in Dearborn Heights possible self-defense gone wrong“. Around this time we stopped seeing any mention of the McBride’s corpse being “dumped.”
The American Conservative got it right, at least in part, when they reported on what the police initially said: “Good Lord: a 19 year old black woman in a (mostly white) Detroit suburb got into a car accident at 2:30 in the morning, went onto the porch of a nearby house to ask for help, and was shot and killed, allegedly by the homeowner, who thought he was being attacked.”
In another report, WJBK said “Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a woman on the porch of a Dearborn Heights home.”
The Huffington Post parroted the later police report, saying, “He called 911 right away,” The lawyer for a man implicated, said, “On the night of the shooting, he completely cooperated with police on his own. He went in and made a statement to them.” No further questions from HuffPo.
The story later evolved to defend the man further, stating that he “accidentally” shot McBride in the back of the head with a shotgun. The police apparently don’t think that is something they should arrest him for. Strangely, they never mentioned this in early statements, nor have they explained how this ties in with their initial reports that the body was transported and dumped.
The New York Daily News said, ““This man’s claiming – believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he’s also saying the gun discharged accidentally,” Lt. James Serwatowski, chief detective, told the Detroit Free Press Thursday.” No need to question any further for the New York Daily News.
KRNB too seems to see nothing out of the ordinary with that claim, reporting that “A Michigan man who faces possible murder charges in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride now claims the shooting was accidental.”
Now, the latest is that the shooter did in fact call 911… but he hung up and did not report the crime.
The shooter has still not been charged even though it is absolutely illegal to shoot someone for standing on your porch, even under the Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground laws. Why are the police covering up the initial claims they and the local news made about McBride’s corpse being driven to another location and “dumped”? Why are they not arresting the shooter for the clearly illegal action of shooting an unarmed woman for nothing more than standing on his porch. Moreover, why is the national media still ignoring this story?
SPREAD THE WORD! If the media and police are going to try to sweep this story under the rug, let’s at least not make it easy for them!
(Article by Isa Abu Jamal)