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Boulder Shooting Suspect’s Arrest Sparks Comparisons to Elijah McClain’s Death

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Comparisons are being made between the arrest of the suspect in the mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and the death of Elijah McClain.

At a news conference on Monday evening, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said a suspect was in custody after a shooting that killed 10 people, including a police officer who arrived at the scene.

Authorities have not identified the suspect, but Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said he was injured. Officials did not confirm if the suspect was the shirtless white man with a bloodied leg who was seen being escorted out of the King Soopers store in handcuffs.

But the fact that the suspect was apprehended alive prompted many to flock to Twitter to again highlight law enforcement’s disparate treatment of Black people.

Many noted that McClain, a 23-year-old unarmed Black man, died after he was detained by police in Aurora, a Denver suburb around a 30-minute drive from where Monday’s massacre occurred.

“Today a white man walked into a grocery store in #Boulder and killed 10 people. He was apprehended by police and taken unharmed,” writer Francis Maxwell tweeted. “Meanwhile, not far from this very store, police killed Elijah McClain as he begged them not to hurt him & apologized for not doing nothing wrong. Smh.”

Today a white man walked into a grocery store in #Boulder and killed 10 people. He was apprehended by police and taken unharmed.

Meanwhile, not far from this very store, police killed Elijah McClain as he begged them not to hurt him & apologized for not doing nothing wrong. Smh.

— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) March 23, 2021

Twitter user Shem made the same observation, writing: “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. He did not walk into a grocery store and kill anyone, he just existed.”

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.

He did not walk into a grocery store and kill anyone, he just existed.

— Shem (@Shem) March 23, 2021

Dylan Park shared a tweet he posted in June 2020 that quoted some of McClain’s final words, writing alongside it: “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.”

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

Others pointed out the pattern of heavily armed white male suspects being captured alive, while unarmed Black men and women have been killed during encounters with police.

Just last week, a 21-year-old white man was taken into custody without incident shortly after he allegedly gunned down eight people, including six Asian women, at three Atlanta-area spas.

Why are innocent UNARMED BLACK Americans like Elijah McClain walking home being KILLED by Cops

While daily, armed WHITE MASS SHOOTERS, caught IN THE ACT of MURDERING people, are being Politely arrested without any Choke Holds, No MACE, not a scratch on them?? LIVE on TV! #BLM🤬 pic.twitter.com/9wq3qCw7U0

— DanielNewmaη (@DanielNewman) March 23, 2021

Daniel Newman shared a photo that showed several white suspects who were arrested, including the man responsible for the shooting at an Aurora movie theater in 2012 and Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who was taken into custody after killing nine people in the Charleston church shooting. Newman’s photo contrasted them with the unarmed Black people who have been killed by police in recent years, including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and McClain.

“Why are innocent UNARMED BLACK Americans like Elijah McClain walking home being KILLED by Cops,” Newman wrote.

“While daily, armed WHITE MASS SHOOTERS, caught IN THE ACT of MURDERING people, are being Politely arrested without any Choke Holds, No MACE, not a scratch on them??”

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