In Boulder County, a white police officer approached a black male college student outside of a Naropa University dorm. When asked, the male student, Mr. Atkinson, provided his name, address, and information pertaining to his behavior that caused the officer, Officer Smyly, to become suspicious and approach Mr. Atkinson. Despite Mr. Atkinson providing Officer Smyly this information, Officer Smyly called in other officers for backup and threatened to tase Mr. Atkinson. Officer Smyly was found in violation of two department policies. Attorneys believe that Atkinson was racially profiled. Cop Resigns from his position but will continue to be paid his salary for the next eight months. He will be collecting roughly $69,000.
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NY Post, Joshua Rhett Miller, May 17th, 2019