The Latest: Ex-DA won’t review confrontation with black man
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a police confrontation with a black resident in Colorado (all times local):
A Colorado city is backing away from plans to have a former prosecutor review an incident in which police officers confronted a black man who was picking up trash outside his house.
Boulder city manager Jane Brautigam’s plan to have former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett lead the probe was met with criticism at a community forum Monday night to discuss the March 1 incident. Among those opposed was the man who was confronted by police, Zayd Atkinson, a student at Naropa University.
In a statement Tuesday, the city said Brautigam has asked the city attorney to consult with Atkinson’s attorneys on “alternative options” for an independent reviewer.
At the forum, the Daily Camera reported Atkinson said he had asked for an independent review and said the choice of Garnett took away his power again.
The Boulder City Council has selected former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett to conduct an independent review of a March 1 incident in which police officers confronted a black man who was picking up trash outside his house.
The Daily Camera reports City Manager Jane Brautigam announced the selection on Monday amid criticism from the community.
Zayd Atkinson, the man who police confronted and a student at Naropa University, was the first to criticize the city’s choice of Garnett.
Atkinson says city leadership has been putting on the appearance of racial sensitivity, but it is for appearance only. Atkinson says he asked for an independent review and in response officials chose a former prosecutor, ignoring his request and again taking his power away.