Sunday march in protest of Boulder police confronting black man picking up trash in his yard

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What: March for Boulder police oversight

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Where: Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave.

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The Boulder chapters of the NAACP and Showing Up for Racial Justice are organizing a march on Sunday to protest racial profiling and to ask for independent police oversight following an incident last week in which outside his residence hall.

The march will start at 11 a.m. Sunday and go from Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., to the Boulder police station, 1805 33rd St.,

“Join the Boulder chapter of NAACP, Boulder‘s chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, and other community groups for a march demonstrating zero tolerance for recent Boulder Police Department racial profiling, and a need for an independent oversight board,” the post reads. “This is a zero-escalation, family-friendly event. We are discouraging any police agitation.”

According to a news 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 he 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. At least one officer reportedly pulled his gun and aimed it at the ground, while another had a shotgun.

In a video of the incident posted to social media, the man can be heard telling police he is on his own property and is just picking up trash.

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. is identified as Naropa University student housing, and the school has confirmed the man in the video is a student at the university.

Boulder police opened an internal investigation into the matter, which is expected to take 60 to 90 days. The officer who initiated the has been .


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