A video of a Denver police officer slamming a 22-year-old woman to the ground has sparked extreme controversy. On Thursday evening, Michaella Surat allegedly shoulder checked a bouncer and police officer in Fort Collins. While officers tried to detain her, the situation escalated to a use of force many are calling “excessive.”
The Fort Collins police chief said his officers were originally called to the scene to break up a fight between Surat’s boyfriend and another patron of the bar. When they arrived, Surat got involved in the situation, which ultimately led to her getting slammed to the ground.
Video of the incident was recorded by witnesses and posted to BarStool Sports on Instagram. Footage of the 115 pound girl getting slammed has raised alarm in the community. However, Chief John Hutto has said the video lacks “the context” to tell the whole story.
“I have a duty to preserve and protect the processes that our society has put in place to ensure that the questions surrounding this incident are answered in a fair and impartial manner,” Chief Hutto said in a statement on Sunday. “I have no control over the video that is already in the public domain, but I do have control over the release of the video evidence from our body-worn cameras. This is an open investigation and to release evidence, absent a truly compelling reason, would not be proper. I am committed to preserving a process that ensures a fair and impartial outcome. I am equally committed to preserving the rights of both Ms. Surat and the involved officers.”
"We find the response attributed to law enforcement that this is a standard procedure, if true, disturbing at best," a family spokesman told Good Morning America.
Surat was charged with third degree assault and obstructing a peace officer. She posted $1,750 in bond and is due to appear in court on Wednesday.
(Photo: Trevor_Hartman via Twitter)