Picking up Trash While Black

Executive Summary:

  • This is the 10th in the Soon to be Award Winning Series of “XXXX” While Black in America”.  Previous editions documented “Baby Sitting While Black”, “Black and Living in a Luxury Condo”, “Gardening While Black”,  “Cashing a Check While Black”, “Wrestling While Black”, “Calling While Black”, “Waiting for AAA While Black”, “Eating Yogurt While Black”, and “Taking the SAT While Black”
  • In this edition, “Picking Up Trash While Black”, a Black Man picking Up Trash In front Of his own house was confronted by Cops with guns drawn.

Thanks to Sarkes Corner Contributor David Shep Schepers who has a special focus on the Sarkes Corner series Black in America. 

Boulder, Colorado police have launched an internal investigation after several police officers, with guns drawn, confronted a Black man who was picking up trash in front of his own home.

The incident all started when a White Police Officer saw the Black Man sitting in a partially enclosed patio behind a “private property” sign. Possibly the White Police Officer thought Black people can’t live on private property?  Hmmmmm.  The White Police Officer asked the Black Man if he was allowed to be on the property.  Hmmmmmm

The White Police Officer thought something was amiss

The Black Man told the White Police Officer he lived in the building, showing the White Police Officer his identification card, but the White Police Officer still decided to further investigate. 

The White Police Officer requested back up, reporting that the man was uncooperative and didn’t want to put down a blunt object (a harmless claw used to pick up trash). Soon several other White Police Officers were on the scene with their guns drawn.  Hmmmmmmm

A bevy of White Police Officers provided back up

A witness, who said he lived with the Black Man, started yelling at cops:  “Go home.  He’s picking up trash and you have your hand on your gun?”

The Black Man started yelling at the White Police Officers who had guns drawn:  “You’re on my property with a gun in your hand, threatening to shoot me, because I’m picking up trash.  I don’t have a weapon! This is a bucket, this is a clamp.”

Trash Claws, in the hands of a Black Man, could be a weapon

The Black Man continued to defend himself:  “I live here! I’m a resident of this f–king property. I’m picking up garbage from my f–king porch.  Don’t tell me what to f–king do. You guys don’t have a goddamn f–king right to be doing this!”

The incident sparked outrage in the Boulder community, leading to a city council meeting where members grilled the police chief with questions.  Police Chief Greg Testa acknowledged that it is reasonable for officers to draw their guns if they perceive a threat that could result in serious bodily injury or death.  Hmmmmmmmmm

The Founding Fathers, in penning our 2nd Amendment, could never have imagined that a Trash Claw could be used to “Bear Arms”. 

The White Police Officer who first confronted the man with drawn Heat has been placed on administrative leave.