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El Paso shooter ‘casually’ arrested, Twitter users insist it’s because he’s white, unlike Eric Garner

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Screen captures … El Paso shooting suspect Patrick Crusius … Credit: Anna Giaritelli

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Critical thinking skills are evidently a rare commodity over on the left side of the political spectrum, given a recent online debate about the contrast between the arrests of the white El Paso mass shooter and Eric Garner, the black man who died in 2015 during a struggle with New York City police after being placed in a chokehold.

A Twitter user, Yvonne, wrote the contrast, “Looking at how they casually arrest a white man who just killed 19+ americans vs. how they treat an unarmed black man for ‘selling cigarettes’ tells you everything you need to know about the current state of America.”

The straightforward difference is that the 21-year old El Paso shooting suspect did not resist arrest and was taken into custody “without incident,” according to El Paso Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Robert Gomez.

On the other hand, in the controversial and widely publicized Garner case, the suspect fought the officers who were attempting to place him under arrest.

The simple racist angle needed a bit more, so those who continued to argue the issue said that Garner’s alleged crime of selling untaxed cigarettes should not even be a crime.

BPR President Jack Furnari aimed to set the wayward, misguided lefties straight in a series of tweets and responses:

The argument took a more philosophical bent when Locke Wiggin talked about rightful authority:

In the case of the El Paso shooting, what is most unusual is that the shooter does not seem to have had a death wish. It appears that at some point before his arrest he laid down his weapon and when he was confronted by law enforcement, he took no evasive or combative actions that would have potentially resulted in a justified and forceful police response.

The dialogue over the issue of police brutality and racial injustice is ongoing and unfortunately is not likely to be resolved anytime soon, given the determined efforts by many in politics and the media to focus on and inflate the worst-case examples that bolster their political positions.


Victor Rantala


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