YouTube will not remove a three-hour livestream of the Colorado grocery store shooting

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Police respond at a King Soopers grocery store where a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people were killed in the attack.

  • On March 22, 10 people were killed by a shooter at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, CO.
  • As the shooting unfolded, a YouTuber at the store began livestreaming what happened.
  • The three-hour video, which is now archived on YouTube, won’t be removed, YouTube says.
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On March 22, 10 people were killed in a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

As the shooting unfolded, a man named Dean Schiller began livestreaming what he saw on YouTube. The video captures the bodies of victims on the ground and ongoing police activity. At one point in the video, Schiller argues with police who ask him to stop filming.

“I’m a journalist. There’s a lot of people who want to watch this right now,” Schiller says in the video. “I’m willing to risk my life for this.”

Despite depictions of graphic violence, YouTube isn’t removing the video.

“Following the tragic shooting in Boulder, bystander videos of the incident were detected by our teams. Violent content intended to shock or disgust viewers and hate speech are not allowed on YouTube, and as a result we have removed a number of videos for violating our policies,” YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez told Insider. “We do allow certain violent or graphic content with sufficient news or documentary context, and so we’ve applied an age restriction to this particular content. We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation.”

Schiller’s video, which is published on his ZFG Videography channel, features a prominent warning before it can be viewed:

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The content warning YouTube puts in front of potentially disturbing videos.

YouTube has been repeatedly criticized for moderation – or lack thereof – in the past.

The company has even been sued by former content moderators, one of which claimed her job at the company led to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Schiller’s video, which the company characterizes as “news or documentary,” had just shy of 750,000 views as of Wednesday morning.

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Boulder shooting victims include 3 employees at the King Soopers grocery store and an Instacart shopper

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Three King Soopers employees died in a deadly shooting.

Three King Soopers grocery store workers and an Instacart worker were among the 10 people killed in a shooting in Boulder, Colorado on Monday.

Police released the victims’ names on Tuesday morning. Among them are three people who worked at the store: Denny Stong, 20, Rikki Olds, 25, and Teri Leiker, 51.

Leiker had worked at King Soopers for roughly 30 years, with her friend Lexi Knutson telling Reuters that Leiker loved working at the grocery store.

“She loved going to work and enjoyed everything about being there,” Knutson told Reuters. “Her boyfriend and her had been good friends and began dating in the fall of 2019. He was working yesterday too. He is alive.”

Olds was a front-end manager at King Soopers, The Denver Post reports. Stong’s profile picture on Facebook was framed with the words: “I can’t stay home, I’m a Grocery Store Worker.”

A representative for Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers, said in a statement to Insider that the company is “horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that occurred at our King Soopers store.”

“The entire Kroger family offers our thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, customers, and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation,” the statement continued. “We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation.”

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Lynn Murray, 62, was shot while visiting the King Soopers as an Instacart shopper. Her husband, John Mackenzie, told The New York Times she had enjoyed working for Instacart after retiring from her career as a photo director.

“She was an amazing woman, probably the kindest person I’ve ever known,” Mackenzie told The Times. “Our lives are ruined, our tomorrows are forever filled with a sorrow that is unimaginable.”

“Violence of any kind has no place in our society,” Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta said in a social media post on Tuesday. “Our teams are working with law enforcement and the King Soopers team to assist in any way we can. We’ve reached out to the shopper’s family to offer our support & resources during this unimaginably difficult time.”

Mehta added: “For those members of our community who were shopping in the Boulder area, we’re also ensuring they’re able to take the time they need to grieve and recover from yesterday’s tragic events.”

The shooting serves as a stark reminder of the risks that retail workers face on the job.

“For the last year our members and other associates have fought an invisible enemy, COVID-19, but today several innocent souls were killed by an evil human,” Kim Cordova, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, the union that represents employees at the King Soopers store, said in a statement.

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2 hours after the mass shooting in Colorado, Rep. Lauren Boebert sent a campaign email encouraging supporters to say ‘HELL NO’ to gun control

Rep Lauren Boebert of Colorado
Rep Lauren Boebert of Colorado

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert was tweeting about Biden while a mass shooting was unfolding in her home state.
  • Following the shooting that left ten dead, Boebert said she was praying for those affected.
  • The representative’s campaign reportedly sent a pro-gun email to supporters two hours after the shooting.
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One of Congress’ most ardent Second Amendment supporters is facing backlash after a series of insensitive communications following a mass shooting that left ten dead in a Boulder, Colorado supermarket on Monday.

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado has quickly made a name for herself as a pro-gun, right-wing ideologue during her short time in the House of Representatives, but her response to Monday’s shooting in her home state drew sharp criticism.

Reports of an active shooter situation at a King Soopers grocery store began circulating shortly before 3 pm local time. Thirty minutes later, a local livestream of the scene showed officers detaining a handcuffed, shirtless man who was covered in blood.

But as local law enforcement, media outlets, and politicians were awaiting more information about the incident, Boebert was tweeting about the US Southern border and President Biden.

“The White House just called a lid at 1:13pm today. Biden is back in the basement, figuratively at least,” she tweeted at 2:51 pm.

“Meanwhile, the country is in chaos and the border is coming apart at the seams,” she wrote.

Following a swift barrage of Twitter users blasting Boebert for her timing, the freshman representative issued a statement addressing the shooting.

“My prayers are with the shoppers, employees, first responders & others affected by the shooting in Boulder,” she tweeted. “May God be with them.”

Amid an ongoing spew of mass shootings in recent years, the stump phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become the go-to-response for many politicians, instead of tangible policy changes to address the gun violence epidemic in the United States.

But Boebert, who has hinted she carries a gun to work in the US Capitol and has appeared at a virtual committee meeting in front of a multi-gun display, was quickly back to championing gun rights Monday night.

Two hours after the shooting, Boebert’s campaign reportedly sent her supporters an email with a subject line that said, “I told Beto ‘HELL NO’ to taking our guns. Now we need to tell Joe Biden,” according to a tweet from journalist David Gura.

“Radical liberals in Washington, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and with President Biden’s blessing and support are trying to violate your due process and criminalize the private transfer of firearms,” a photo Gura tweeted of the email said. “Please help me stand up to the radical gun-grabbing left.”

She is the founder and owner of Shooters Grill, a Colorado restaurant infamous for staff that “proudly open carry as they serve their customers.”

Boebert has been a vocal opponent of gun control and background checks, often sharing a bogus story about a man being “beaten to death” outside her gun-themed restaurant as an avenue to advocate for gun rights. The local police department debunked her claims after an autopsy showed the man had died from a drug overdose.

Insider has reached out to Boebert’s campaign for comment.

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