Boulder police officer who confronted black man picking up trash on paid leave

The Boulder police officer who on Friday and then called other officers to the scene is on paid administrative leave as the department conducts an internal investigation of the incident, but the officer is not being publicly named at this time.

Boulder police Chief Greg Testa said that the officer was on leave. Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said Wednesday the leave is paid, but said the department would not release the officer‘s name at this time.

Aulabaugh also said none of the other officers, including one supervisor, who responded to the scene are on leave.

Testa indicated Tuesday one officer drew his sidearm but kept it pointed at the ground, but Aulabaugh said she could not confirm if that was the officer who was on leave.

According to a release, a Boulder police officer observed a man sitting in a partially enclosed patio area behind a “private property” sign at 2333 Arapahoe Ave. at 8:30 a.m. Friday and asked if the man was allowed to be there.

The man told the officer he lived and worked in the building, and gave the officer his school identification card, but the officer detained the man to investigate further.

The officer then made a request over the radio for additional assistance to respond, saying the man was uncooperative and unwilling to put down a blunt object. Several other officers, including a supervisor, responded.

Police found the object the man was holding was a device used to pick up trash, and the man was not ticketed or arrested.

The building at 2333 Arapahoe Ave. , and the school has confirmed the man in the video is a student at the university.

posted to social media by a man who said he lives with the person ed by police, the man can be heard telling police he is on his own property and is just picking up trash.

“I live here,” the man can be heard saying in the video. “I am picking up garbage from my (expletive) porch.”

An officer can be heard asking the man to “put the object down,” while the man replies “Don‘t (expletive) tell me what to do,” and says, “I have a right to be doing this.” At one point, someone can be heard saying, “It‘s likely you got profiled.”

The person who posted the video declined to comment at this time.

Aulabaugh said police could not provide any further details about the incident during the investigation, which is expected to take 60 to 90 days. Dispatch recordings and body camera footage also are not being released at this time due to the investigation.

“Our internal affairs investigation will include a review of all body worn camera video, interviews of everyone involved which includes both officers and community members, reports and all other related information,” Aulabaugh wrote in a statement. “Once the investigation is complete, it is reviewed by the officer‘s immediate supervisor, commander, deputy chief and the professional standards review panel (which consists of six community members and six department members from all areas within the department). The supervisors and review panel make recommendations to the police chief who will make a final decision.”


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