Colorado police launch probe after video shows officers confronting black man cleaning his own property
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A police department in Boulder, Colo., has launched an internal investigation after viral cell phone footage showed white officers drawing their guns while confronting a black man who said he was just picking up garbage on his own property over the weekend. 

"This is an extremely concerning issue, and one that we are taking very seriously," Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa said during a Boulder City Council meeting about the incident on Tuesday night, according to ABC News.


The meeting took place just a week after outrage spread throughout the city following the viral confrontation between several white police officers and a local resident, who is black.

During the confrontation, which took place at a local housing complex on Friday, an officer reportedly approached the patio area of the resident’s property and asked him if he was permitted to be there.

"A Boulder Police Officer observed a man sitting in a partially enclosed patio area directly behind a 'Private Property' sign and initiated contact with the man to determine if he was allowed to be on the property," police officials told ABC News in a statement.

The resident, whose identity has not yet been released, then told the officer he lived at the residence and also reportedly showed him his school identification card.

However, shortly after the officer detained the man for further investigation, the resident reportedly grew frustrated and his neighbor began to record the incident. 

The video appears to show the officer also referring to the metal trash grabber the resident was holding as a weapon and asks him to put it down.

The officer called for back-up, saying the resident was "being uncooperative and unwilling to put down a blunt object," officials told the publication.

"I don't have a weapon," the resident shouts back at the officer before telling him to leave his property. 

Other officers could be seen arriving on the scene shortly after, one of whom is holding a shotgun. 

"This is my property. I live here," the man tells the officers.

"You're on my property with a gun in your hand, threatening to shoot me because I'm picking up trash," the local resident could be heard saying at one point during the confrontation. 

After the man puts down his trash grabber, the officer who first questioned him could be seen holstering his weapon.

"Officers ultimately determined that the man had a legal right to be on the property and returned the man's school identification card. All officers left the scene and no further action was taken," officials told ABC News.

The officer who first confronted the man has since reportedly been placed on leave pending the outcome of the police department’s investigation.