Screenshot from YouTube video. (Click on image to enlarge.)
There is also a lot of angry verbal resistance from both the black man and the man filming this incident from concealment. And who knows what the man might have had in the bag slung over his shoulders? Had this man behaved the same way in many other cities — including Kansas City, MO where I lived for two years in the roughest part of town — he would certainly have been arrested and perhaps even shot.
In Boulder, CO — as I’ve come to expect over the course of a decade — the man is neither arrested nor physically harmed in any way, despite his aggressive actions which continued for many minutes.
And Boulder snowflakes call this laid back police engagement with an uncooperative citizen “harassment” and “brutality.” This man’s actions are a textbook example of what NOT to do when approached by police officers wanting to know who you are and what you’re doing where you’re at. All are legitimate questions in the circumstances, regardless of any prejudicial feelings you may have against authority.
Equally silly is the guy with the camera yelling at the first responding officer, “Go home!” What is that? He seemed to me to be egging on the black man, presumably his friend, to further resist a lawful inquiry. It’s ridiculous, and after watching the video several times I can’t work up any sympathy for these Naropa students.
The officer may face some disciplinary action, possibly termination. Frankly, if I were him and aware of all of the faux outrage being expressed in hateful social media posts (and no doubt to be echoed in a public demonstration today), I’d find a job in another city populated by reasonable people who don’t all carry around chips on their shoulders.
I, for one, wish all Boulder PD officers the best.