Video: Outrage as Colorado Police Confront Black Man Picking Up Trash Outside His House: 'You're On My Property…Threatening To Shoot Me'

A viral cell phone video has sparked controversy as it shows police officers in Colorado brandishing weapons at a black man who said he was simply picking up trash outside his home.

There is anger in his Boulder community as the footage shows a confrontation between the man standing in front of the house and the weapon-toting officers, ABC News reported.

The video, which was shared on YouTube, shows the man shouting at police: "You're on my property with a gun in your hand, threatening to shoot me because I'm picking up trash."

Boulder Police said that officers saw the man sitting behind a private property sign on 1 March and asked if he was allowed to be there.

The unidentified man who was holding a metal tool to pick up trash showed the officer his school identification card and said he lived at the house.

He became angry when he was detained for further questioning and the officer called for backup, referring to the tool as a weapon.

In the video recorded by a neighbor, the man swore and yelled: "I don't have a weapon," before demanding the officer leave his property. Other officers soon arrived, with at least one holding a shotgun.

The man shouted: "There are eight officers with guns drawn… Are you going to shoot me?"

After a request from the officers, he shouted: "No, I will not sit down, I refuse to sit down until you guys put your f***ing weapons away."

"You are on my property with your weapons drawn, threatening me, in the place that I f***ing sleep, how do you feel about that?

"Don't f***ing tell me what to do. Are you going to shoot me? Are you going to tase me and arrest me and beat the sh*t out of me?" The video showed an officer holstering his weapon.

A police statement said: "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."

News of the incident spread quickly and an angry crowd descended on a Boulder City Council meeting on Tuesday, with many holding metal trash grabbers, and some carrying placards with the words "Black Lives Matter" on them, The Denver Post reported.

The officer who first confronted the man has been taken off duty pending an investigation. Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa told the city council: "This is an extremely concerning issue, and one that we are taking very seriously."

But he had to field tough questions from council members who asked him how the department would learn from the incident and under what circumstances officers would draw weapons.

Charles Lief, president of Naropa University, said the man was a student and told councillors: "I do not want to underestimate the amount of trauma that was experienced by our student, who was the victim in this situation. Students, staff and faculty of color at Naropa, and other institutions, have all experienced various degrees of racism living in this community," The Daily Camera reported.

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