Black teen misses buses, gets fired after asking directions to Rochester Hills
At 14, he lost his bus and almost cost him his life.
Things took a dangerous turn when Brennan Walker went to look for help at a Rochester Hills house on Thursday morning and had to face a man with a gun.
Walker was trying to take the bus route to Rochester High School after he woke up late and lost his bus. His mother had taken his phone away, so he did not have this with him to get directions. So he knocked on a stranger's door for help and almost paid him for his life.
"I got home and knocked on the lady's door, then she started screaming at me and she said 'Why are you trying to get into my house?' I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High and she kept yelling at me, then the boy went downstairs and grabbed the gun, saw her and started running. .
Fortunately, the man was missing. Brennan kept running, hid, then cried.
"My mother says that black guys are killed because sometimes they are not their age and I'm not my age, I'm 14, but I do not watch 14. I'm happy that, like, I did not become a statistic," he says in retrospect .
The sheriffs of Oakland County arrived shortly thereafter in the South Christian Hills Drive house and took the woman's husband into custody.
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"Exactly, and that's exactly how I feel, like, wow, because you were trying to go to school," says his mother, Lisa Wright. "I found out later that the only reason [the man] missed is because he forgot to take away security."
Lisa was at work when she received the call. She says her husband is deployed in Syria, so he was assuming that he had received a call on him until he realized they were calling about Brennan. He dropped everything and immediately went to the substation to be with his son.
That's where the investigators told her that the bell of the family ring recorded the meeting. The investigators saw the video with Brennan and his mother. He says the video confirmed their suspicions.
"One of the things that stands out, which probably makes me more angry is that, while I was looking at the tape, you can hear the wife saying, 'Why" these people "chose my home?", He says, before taking a long break . "Who are these people? "And that put me out, I did not want to believe it was what it looked like, when I heard her say she was like, but it's [as it seems]."
The authorities did not release that security video.
"We should not live in a society where we have to defend ourselves: if I have a question, I should be able to address my village and knock on a door and ask a question: I should not be afraid of a child, not to mention the skin tone ", he adds. "This is a decent neighborhood, if ever, why should I knock on your door to rob you?"
"It is simply absurd that this has happened," says Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. "I feel very bad for the young man, I feel terrible for the mother and the anxiety they have to face, we will ask all the accusations allowed for this guy, who came forward and fired a rifle because someone knocked on his door."
Right now that man is being held in Oakland County Prison. It is assumed that he is sometimes criticized on Friday.
Sources tell Randy Wimbley of FOX 2 that the 53-year-old Rochester Hills is a retired Detroit fireman.
This situation is a disturbing reminder of one that tragically ended in Dearborn Heights, Mich. In 2013 and obtained national titles, when a home owner shot and killed a young woman in the middle of the night after knocking on his door.
It's not entirely known why 19-year-old Renisha McBride knocked on Ted Wafer's door that night, even though she crashed her car a few blocks away. She had drunk and was disoriented when she had come to her house, but she was not armed.
Wafer testified that he grabbed his rifle to open the door and fired his weapon against McBride because he feared he was an intruder, and that he killed her in self defense, but the jury disagreed.
He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Last year, he tried to get an appeal based on the jury's instructions, but the Michigan Supreme Court denied the appeal in March.