I don't know what utility exists in rehashing whether Isaiah Malailua counts as a white male or not, but I am genuinely curious: without gun control laws making some weapons/body armor illegal to possess, at what point can LEOs discern between a would-be mass shooter & a LARPer?— David A. Johnson (@ADavidJohnson) March 26, 2018
A man with a loaded gun, wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a duffel bag with SWAT equipment, was arrested at Chicago's Union Station, thanks to an alert police dog.
Isaiah Malailua was arrested from one of the busiest stations in Chicago after a bomb-sniffing dog alerted the authorities to the contents in Malailua's duffel bag.
The duffel bag containing the SWAT equipment was allegedly stolen from New York after some New York Police Department officers left a load of tactical equipment unattended in Hell’s Kitchen. The bag was taken all the way to Chicago. It was left unattended at the train station, along with NYPD SWAT patches and a bus ticket for Malailua. The bag's contents included helmets, vest panels, tourniquets and earpieces.
Malailua was also carrying an illegally owned loaded 9mm Taurus-brand handgun. It is still unclear whether the gun was also part of the NYPD equipment from the duffel bag.
Ironically, the stolen gear belonged to NYPD’s highly trained Strategic Response Group, which is trained to handle active shooters and terrorist attacks.
The thief, allegedly Malailua, smashed the rear window of the patrol car and walked away with the equipment unnoticed.
"We are aware of the incident and are working with authorities in Chicago. The investigation is ongoing," an NYPD statement said.
Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke set Malailua’s bail at $100,000 on weapons charges. He ordered Malailua to stay in the Chicago area for the duration of his case.
“This is troubling, to say the least, in light of what’s happening in our country,” said Lyke at a court hearing.
The news of Malailua’s arrest was not received well by the general public, which alleged that had Malailua been black, he would have been shot on the spot by the police.
He must be one of those “troubled youths” acting out— A. Whiteboy (@teamwhiteboys_) March 26, 2018
If he would have looked like me? He'd have been treated like moving target practice.— Black Panter (@JDoubleA27) March 27, 2018
Pretty sure that mentality is based on skin color and not whether or not someone looks "Challenged", considering the multiple police related killings of unarmed mentally handicapped black people. But you're right, I guess.— Black Panter (@JDoubleA27) March 27, 2018
Boy had he been carrying a phone. Luckily its only a loaded gun.— ZimAssociation (@MaZimboo) March 26, 2018
The backlash against the police is fueled by the latest incident of police brutality when an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark, was killed in his own backyard after he was shot 20 times as the police mistook his cell phone for a gun.
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