This one, if you can believe it, involves a black man who was merely picking up trash on his own property using a clamp designed for that purpose. Such items are commonly used to avoid bending down and using one’s hands pick up trash. But he was accosted by a police officer who drew his gun and other police soon swarmed to the scene.
Police in the US state of Colorado have launched an internal probe after an officer detained a black man holding a rubbish picker in front of his building, US reports say.
Footage showed the man asking an officer why he had drawn his gun.
Several more officers attended the scene before they determined that the man had a legal right to be on the property and took no further action, a police statement said.
During the incident the man gave officers his university ID and said repeatedly that he lived and worked at the shared occupancy building.
One of the officers has been placed on leave while the investigation takes place, the New York Times reported.
The man (as well as the person taking the video) was rightly angry about the way he was being treated and defiant and I am thankful that he was not shot for ‘resisting arrest’.
And some people wonder why the black community does not trust the police.