Retired Firefighter Found Guilty Of Shooting At Lost Black Teen
This week in suburban Detroit, jurors watched video footage of a white man opening fire on an unarmed Black teenager who only wanted to ask for directions.
Thank God that the 8:20 a.m. shooting that took place on April 12 did not injure, Brennan Walker, a 14-year-old student who missed the bus, was walking to school and stopped to ask for directions. Upon realizing he was lost, he walked to the front door of Jeffrey Zeigler, a 53-year-old man from Rochester Hills, Michigan at was shot at.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office have arrested Zeigler, 53, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, on charges that eventually included assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the agency's summary of the incident.
According to the Sheriff's summary, Zeigler's wife called 911 and reported "that a black male was trying to break into her house and her husband chased after him into the yard," . Quite the opposite was true. See the video below and see for yourself.
Zeigler claims he believed Walker was trying to break into his house, though he says he didn’t mean to fire his weapon. Instead, Zeigler has said the shotgun slipped, causing him to accidentally shoot at the unarmed teen, who fortunately was not hit. Zeigler’s attorney, Rob Morad, has denied the incident was racially motivated, according to The Oakland, and claims he acted from passion instead of judgment.
According to Huffington Post, Walker gave the following testimony in court:
“I was scared. I was trying to tell them that I was trying to get to high school, but they weren’t listening.”
Walker, who said he didn’t have his phone with him, added that he saw Zeigler “aiming at me” when he looked back, prompting him to run faster.
"I didn't want to get hit"
Walker's mom told Today