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)

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