Footage of a black man being confronted by gun-wielding officers as he picked litter in his garden has sparked a police investigation.
The video shows the man on the front lawn of his home in Boulder, Colorado, asking an officer why he has his gun drawn.
He says: “You are on my property with a gun in your hand threatening to shoot me because I’m picking up trash.
“You’re not going to get away with murder. You’re not. Not today. Not today. You’re not going to get away with murder.”
The man is also heard shouting: “I don’t have a weapon. This is a bucket.
“This is my property, This is my house. I live here.”
The officer calls for back up on his radio during the incident, which is filmed by a second person inside the property who is heard saying: “Eight officers of the law with guns drawn for picking up garbage on our property where we live.
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“He is picking up trash and you have your hand on your gun? Go home. Go home.”
The detained black man was holding a litter picker and bucket
An officer asks the man outside to sit down, and he replies. “No. I will not sit down, I refuse to sit down until you guys put your f****** weapons away.
“You are wasting police resources. There are people out there committing a crime.
“I don’t want to talk to any of you boys, I want you to get off my property.
“I’m taking out garbage on my property… and an officer of the law comes out of nowhere and starts harassing me.
“I don’t know who he is and out of respect I gave him my ID.”
Later, an officer says to him: “This isn’t over. Just take a deep breath. You are angry and escalating and it’s likely you’ve got profile so we’ll pick it up at a different time, not right here, right now.”
As the police leave, the person filming adds: “That shotgun is used for killing people and that garbage clamp is used for picking up garbage and they pulled guns on him.”
The officers ultimately determined that the man had a legal right to be at the property and returned his university ID card.
No further action was taken following the confrontation on 1 March.
Boulder police began looking into the episode and on Thursday launched an internal investigation.
A white police officer has been placed on leave while authorities investigate why he detained a black man for holding a litter picker, according to a report by The New York Times.
“This is an extremely concerning issue and one we are taking very seriously,” Chief Greg Testa, of the Boulder police department, reportedly told a city council meeting on Tuesday.