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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A video spreading on social media shows a police officer in Colorado throwing a woman face-first onto a sidewalk after a scuffle.

The woman struck the officer in the university town of Fort Collins on Thursday after police detained her boyfriend, police spokeswoman Kate Kimble told the Coloradoan newspaper.

The officer used “standard arrest control” to subdue her, Kimble said.

In a statement Sunday evening, police Chief John Hutto pledged to conduct a fair investigation of the video. The department will review the officer’s actions, he said.

But Hutto added that he will not release the video from officers’ body cameras. “This is an open investigation and to release evidence, absent a truly compelling reason, would not be proper,” he said.

Hutto says the body-camera video will be released once the investigation is over.

Police identified the woman as 22-year-old Michaella Surat. She was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer and released on bond.

No phone number could be found for her.

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10 thoughts on “Video Shows Colorado Officer Throwing Woman Down Face-First

  1. Chris on said:

    Kate Kimble, a spokesperson for the Fort Collins Police, told The Coloradoan the officers were called to area near the Bondi Beach Bar in Old Town for a fight between two men. One of the men was Michaella Surat’s boyfriend, police said.

    Kimble told The Coloradoan officers were gathering information when Surat, “shoulder-checked the bouncer and an officer and then pulled her boyfriend from the area.”

    Kimble told the newspaper that Surat was told she was free to leave, but her boyfriend was not. Surat did not leave the area and she then “physically obstructed and struck an officer,” Kimble said.

    Police said Surat then assaulted an officer and was taken down to the ground, as seen in the video.

    The brief clip also shows a man, possibly Surat’s boyfriend, trying to come to her aid, but being restrained by another bystander.

    She suffered a concussion, several bruises and a chin contusion, her family told ABC News.

    • RENO2AC on said:

      In the video, it is clear that the officer had total control over her. He could have easily put her in handcuffs. There was no reason for the excessive force. I bet this mutt beats his wife.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    I assume BAW didn’t want to post the video (that’s making it’s rounds on social media), which I’m not mad about, but why post the story at all. I for one am tired of seeing videos of cop & civilian interactions gone wild, no matter who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s scary that this is the new norm.

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