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Boulder Police Officer Resigns After Confronting Black Man Picking Up Trash

A white Colorado police officer who pulled out his gun during a confrontation with a black man picking up trash around his dormitory resigned this week under an agreement that lets him collect $69,000 in salary despite violating department policies.

Former officer John Smyly will continue to have an unblemished history with the Boulder Police Department. As part of the settlement agreement between Smyly and the City of Boulder his file “will document separation from employment due to resignation.”

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