Boulder Police

Boulder police launch internal affairs investigation over police contact

Posted on 03/04/2019 at 10:50 pm
Shannon Aulabaugh

Boulder police have launched an internal affairs investigation over a police officer contact that took place at 2333 Arapahoe Ave. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at approximately 8:30 a.m.

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. The man told the officer that he both worked and lived at the building. He also gave the officer his school identification card. The officer detained the man to investigate further and made a request over the radio for additional assistance to respond indicating that the person was uncooperative and unwilling to put down a blunt object. Several officers responded including a supervisor. The object the man was holding was used to pick up trash.

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 area and no further action was taken.

Boulder police began looking into the incident on Friday and early this morning launched an official internal affairs investigation. Once the report is complete, the findings will be reviewed by the Professional Standards Review Panel and they will provide a recommendation to the chief of police. The panel consists of six community members and six members of the police department. The investigation and review process into this matter is estimated to take between 60 to 90 days.

Posted: March 4, 2019

Media Contacts: 
Shannon Aulabaugh, Police and Fire PIO, 303-441-3370
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959