Police: Response to football players with Airsoft gun appropriate

Officers ordered nine men — including eight University of Colorado football players — out of their cars at gunpoint after receiving reports they had been waving a gun


By Mitchell Byars
Daily Camera

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner on Thursday defended the actions of the police officers who ordered nine men — including eight University of Colorado football players — out of their cars at gunpoint after receiving reports they had been waving a gun at each other in traffic early Saturday morning.

"Absolutely," Beckner said, when asked if the response was appropriate, even though the gun in question turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun. "They had a report from a citizen witness who saw someone in the vehicle waving around a gun and pointing it at other people.

"I don't know how else they could have responded."

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