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A Boulder police officer has resigned following a confrontation with a black college student who was picking up trash in his yard.

The Boulder Police Department concluded an internal investigation on the March 1 incident when officers, two of them with guns drawn, confronted Zayd Atkinson.

Rae Ellen Bichell / Mountain West News Bureau

Back in March, Zayd Atkinson was picking up trash outside his dorm at Naropa University in Boulder when a group of police officers confronted him, apparently refusing to believe that he lived there.

Boulder Municipal Building
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The city of Boulder is grappling with how to move forward after a March 1 police confrontation with a black college student sparked outrage. A video of police confronting Naropa University student Zayd Atkinson — who was picking up garbage in his front yard — went viral.

In response, the city was going to have former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett investigate the incident, but scrapped that plan after Atkinson and others called for a citizen oversight board instead.

Protesters have called on a Colorado police department to make sweeping changes after officers confronted a black man who was picking up trash in his yard.

The Daily Camera reports hundreds of people marched Sunday to the Boulder Police Department, passing near the site where an officer detained 26-year-old Zayd Atkinson on March 1.