Chronicling the Renisha McBride Story

Tracing online organizing and news stories leading up to criminal charges against Theodore Wafer, the man who shot Ranisha McBride.

This timeline attempts to create a chronology of events that arguably lead to criminal charges being filed in the death of Renisha McBride. Included on the timeline are instances of online activism efforts on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, along with breaking national news stories from major media outlets (included curated stories from Storify).

2013-11-02 01:33:56

Renisha McBridge Fatally Shot

Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Black woman from Detroit, Michigan is shot in the head.

2013-11-04 22:25:34

My Detroit News Reports Death

Local Detroit news station reports on the death of a 19-year-old woman.

2013-11-06 16:38:33

The Huffington Post Reports Twitter Reactions

The Huffington Post reports on the McBride shooting and catalogues reactions posted on Twitter, including a tweet from dream hampton on November 6, 2012: "Because she's a Black woman, not a man, Renisha McBride's story will likely not go viral, though it's exactly like Jonathan Ferrell's"

2013-11-07 00:51:01

Justice for Renisha McBride Facebook Group Created

Activists create a Facebook group demanding justice for Renisha McBride

2013-11-07 12:14:11

Global Grind Reports

Global Grind provides a chronology of events and includes details from information obtained by Detroit Free Press.

2013-11-07 12:46:03

My Fox Detroit Reports

My Fox Detroit publishes an article about prosecutors looking into the the case.

2013-11-07 13:36:57

Press Release for Protest in Detroit

Activist dream hampton circulates a press release via Facebook to organize a protest in Detroit, demanding justice for Renisha McBride. Hampton posts rally information on her public and private Facebook feeds (status update images captured with permission from hampton).

2013-11-07 15:52:01

EBONY.com Reports

EBONY.com releases an online article "Justice for Renisha" covering the upcoming protest organized by dream hampton.

2013-11-07 17:16:59

NBC News Reports

NBC US News reports on shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old woman and cites "Stand Your Ground"

2013-11-07 18:26:55

Rally in Detroit

Rally, co-organized by dream hampton and Yusef Bunchy Shakur takes plate at 25637 Michigan Ave. Online organizing efforts continue to increase as the #RenishaMcBride hashtag spreads.

2013-11-07 20:25:15

McBride Family Releases a Statement

Family members of Renisha McBridge release a statement asking for peace and justice.

2013-11-07 20:25:15

NAACP Detroit Chapter Releases Statement

The Detroit chapter of the NAACP releases a statement on the same day as the McBride family, stating they are outraged by the shootings.

2013-11-07 21:06:41

Alyson Miers Publishes Storify

Alyson Miers curates a series of influential tweets and discussion about the erasure of Renisha McBride's story and similar cases.

2013-11-07 23:26:22

The Huffington Post Reports

The Huffington Post reports on rally, includes Instagram and Twitter images from the rally.

2013-11-07 23:50:44

AJ Stream Creates Storify of #RenishaMcbride

AJ America's The Stream creates a Storify cataloguing family and activists demanding justice for Renisha McBride on social media using the #RenishaMcBride hashtag.

2013-11-08 09:21:41

Al Sharpton Releases Statement

WTSP-Tampa Bay reports Civil Rights leader and media personality, Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement calling for justice in the McBride shooting.

2013-11-08 09:28:14

Short Film on Rally Released

dream hampton releases a short film on YouTube about the Nov. 6th rally, providing context to the case.

2013-11-08 12:49:16

Funeral for Renisha McBride

Funeral held for Renisha McBride in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit Free Press covers funeral.

2013-11-08 14:01:03

NAACP Informs Hampton They Will Contact Prosector

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund contacts dream hampton to tell her they will be contacting Wayne County Prosecutor, Kim Worthy to urge her to seek justice in the killing of Renisha McBride. (Status update image captured with permission of hampton.)

2013-11-08 14:21:41

Salon Publishes Editorial

Roxane Gay publishes an editorial on Salon arguing that the "environment in the United States is toxic for black people" and decrying the "senseless death" of Renisha McBride.

2013-11-09 11:52:37

Community Rally Held

The Detroit News reports on a community rally held at King Solomon Baptist Church to protest fatal shooting, which roughly included 200 attendees.

2013-11-10 10:16:59

The New York Times Reports

The NY Times reports on civil rights protests that took place in Detroit days after McBride's death.

2013-11-11 01:04:48

The Detroit News Publishes Autopsy

The Detroit News publishes the full autopsy report, including statements from Assistant Medical Examiner Kilak Kesha, who ruled McBride’s death a homicide.

2013-11-11 15:15:07

The Nation Publishes Editorial

Writer Mychael Denzel Smith argues that justice for Renisha McBride unfortunately remains a slow process, like other cases and stories involving Black Americans in the US.

2013-11-12 11:35:44

Slate Publishes Editorial

Amanda Marcotte writes for Slate arguing for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws.

2013-11-12 12:46:03

Detroit News Releases 911 Recording

Detroit News releases 911 audio recording on Soundcloud

2013-11-12 16:36:41

The Daily Beast Reports

The Daily Beast reports on the McBride's family lawyer, who contends racial profiling did not play a role in case, but rather the issue is one of "human profiling".

2013-11-12 21:21:41

Community Leaders Speak on The Voice of Russia

Writer and activist dream hampton speaks to international radio program, The Voice of Russia about questions related to the role racism may have played in law enforcement's lack of urgency to make arrests.

2013-11-14 09:53:33

The New York Times Reports

The NY Times reports on racial tensions in Detroit neighborhoods as well as around the country.

2013-11-14 15:44:11

The Huffington Post Reports on Toxicology

The Huffington Post (via AP) reports on the toxicology report that indicated McBride had alcohol in her system.

2013-11-15 11:11:22

The Huffington Post Reports Theodore Wafer Charged with Murder

The Huffington Post reports Al Jazeera America reports Theodore Wafer, 54 of Dearborn Heights, MI faces second-degree murder, manslaughter charges in the death Renisha McBride. Reporter Kate Abbey-Lambertz of HP has been following the story since gained national momentum on November 6, 2013.

Chronicling the Renisha McBride Story

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