The Boulder, Colorado police department has launched an internal investigation after a run-in between officers and a black man was captured on video and circulated online.
The video, shot March 1, shows a man with a bucket and a long item in the front yard of a townhouse complex.
The confrontation started when the man showed one officer identification to prove he lived there.
But the officer radioed for help after the man refused to put down a “blunt object.”
The “blunt object” was a grabber used to pick up trash.
The person filming says repeatedly that the man lives at the complex and is picking up trash.
When more officers showed up, the video shows the man and officers yelling at each other.
Once the officer determined the man had a legal right to be on the property, they returned his ID and left.
During a Boulder city council meeting Tuesday evening, the city’s police chief insisted the officers had not drawn their guns.
He said bodycam footage indicated that only one officer had a handgun out and it was pointed at the ground.
The police chief said while the investigation could take months, the officer at the center of the incident has been placed on administrative leave.