Twitter users are comparing the police treatment of Elijah McClain, who died after a 2019 confrontation with cops in Aurora, Colorado; with the arrest of the alleged mass shooter in Boulder, Colorado last night (March 22).
The mass shooting took the lives of 10 people at a Boulder grocery store and police say one suspect is currently in custody. Authorities have not revealed any details of the arrest nor identified the suspect, but a Reuters video showed one handcuffed man with a bloodied leg being taken away in an ambulance. Boulder Police Department Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said he could not confirm the recorded man’s identity.
On social media, people remembered the fatal interaction between police and McClain, an unarmed Black man, and noted that the alleged Boulder and Atlanta massage parlor shooters were arrested without incident.
“They always take great care to capture these white men who literally massacre people alive. But 30 miles down the road, Elijah McClain was murdered for minding his business ‘cause someone thought he looked ‘sketchy,’” one Twitter user wrote.
“This Boulder, Colorado terrorist allegedly killed 10 people and was apprehended and taken into custody. In the SAME state, Elijah McClain was stopped because he ‘looked sketchy,’ and was killed by police,” another commented. “He did not walk into a grocery store and kill anyone, he just existed.”
Last month, an independent investigation led by the Aurora City Council found that police officers did not have a legal justification for stopping or restraining McClain the night of his death.
Robert Aaron Long, the white Atlanta spa shooting suspect, was arrested shortly after the three shootings last week, which took the lives of eight people. Captain Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department received backlash for saying Long had a “really bad day” and was at “the end of his rope” on the day of the shooting, and was subsequently removed from the case.
On Monday, Boulder Police said the investigation into the grocery store shooting is “very complex” and could take at least five days to complete. Police have not determined a motive in the shooting nor said whether or not the suspect knew his victims. It’s also currently unclear whether or not the suspected gunman acted alone in the attack.
See video allegedly of the shooting suspect’s arrest and reactions below.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Police in Boulder, Colorado, reported an ‘active shooter’ at a King Soopers grocery store, and aerial footage broadcast live from the scene by local media showed one person being placed in an ambulance and a man in handcuffs https://t.co/9j5m64WvXz pic.twitter.com/wREnM43QsH— Reuters (@Reuters) March 22, 2021
A white man walked into a grocery store in Boulder, killed 10 people, and was apprehended by the police and walked out of the building completely unharmed. Right down the road, police killed Elijah McClain while he apologized for not doing anything wrong. Two different Americas. https://t.co/JELFPDbZhh— Dylan Park (@dyllyp) March 23, 2021
In August 2019, cops killed Elijah McClain for “resisting arrest” the night he went to get his brother an iced tea from the store in Aurora, CO. In Boulder, CO, a white gunman kills 9 shopping for food and lining up for vaccines. One cop dies. They take the gunman in alive.— Nick Estes (@nickwestes) March 23, 2021
And I won’t forget that in the summer of 2020 people held a violin vigil for Elijah McClain in a park and police in riot gear pepper sprayed them. https://t.co/HBddd8G573— Scott Benson (@scottwaves) March 23, 2021
But they killed Elijah McClain for walking home. https://t.co/AkF6drPBcS— Blunt Baby. (@highcaitlynn) March 23, 2021
They always take great care to capture these white men who literally massacre people alive. But 30 miles down the road, Elijah McClain was murdered for minding his business cause someone thought he looked "sketchy."— Dr. Nicki Washington (@dr_nickiw) March 23, 2021
This Boulder, Colorado terrorist allegedly killed 10 people and was apprehended and taken into custody.— Shem (@Shem) March 23, 2021
In the SAME state, Elijah McClain was stopped because he “looked sketchy”, and was killed by police.
He did not walk into a grocery store and kill anyone, he just existed.
In 2019 cops in Colorado stopped Elijah McClain as he walked home, unarmed—Cops choked him to death— Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید (@QasimRashid) March 23, 2021
Yesterday a white man in Colorado killed 10 people, including a cop—Cops arrested him alive
Institutional racism is when white terrorists get more care than unarmed Black people