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Video of arrested CSU student garners attention online

Update (5:17 p.m.): Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto released a statement Sunday evening regarding the arrest video documenting an incident between an Old Town officer and Colorado State University junior Michaella Surat. 

Hutto wrote that the video captured on Saturday does not show the full context of the incident, and the full context will not be determined until all the evidence is analyzed by investigators.

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“As with most events of this type, the short, publicly-available video does not have the context or content of the full event,” Hutto wrote. “Additionally, rarely in use of force situations is there agreement from all the parties involved as to the appropriateness, efficacy or necessity of its use.”

Hutto wrote that releasing the body camera footage would not be acceptable because the investigation is still open.

“This is an open investigation and to release evidence, absent a truly compelling reason, would not be proper,” Hutto wrote. “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.”

Hutto wrote that a thorough investigation into the event will be conducted, and the footage captured by the officer’s body-worn camera will be made available to the public when the investigation concludes. 

Original:

A video showing a police officer throwing Colorado State University junior Michaella Surat apparently face-first into the ground in Old Town gained social media attention on Saturday.

The video, which was recorded by a bystander at the scene and shared on the official Twitter page for Barstool Sports and the Twitter and Instagram pages for Barstool Colorado State, has gained thousands of interactions online.

https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/850738810958774272

According to the Coloradoan officers responded to reports of a “separated disturbance” near Bondi Beach Bar between two men. Kate Kimble, a spokeswoman for the Fort Collins police, told the Coloradoan the girlfriend of one of the male suspects, identified as Surat, “shoulder-checked the bouncer and an officer and then pulled her boyfriend from the area” while officers spoke to employees about the altercation between the men.

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According to Kimble officers told Surat that she could go, but her boyfriend was not allowed to leave. Surat allegedly remained at the scene and then physically obstructed and struck the officer, Kimble said.

The Coloradoan reported that the police officer used a “standard arrest control” to subdue Surat. The police uphold that the technique used to arrest 22-year-old Surat was a standard technique and that Surat assaulted the officer prior to being arrested.

According to the Coloradoan the incident between Surat and the officer was captured on the officer’s body-worn camera, but Kimble said the video will not be released at this time as this is still an open case. The identity of the officer has not yet been publicly released. A police supervisor will review the footage from the body-worn camera. The review will consider the use of force as being within the policy and training of Fort Collins Police Services.

Surat, 22, was identified by police and jail records. Surat was booked into Larimer County Jail following her arrest but has posted her $1,750 bond. Surat, who was formally charged with third-degree assault and obstructing a police officer, is due in court on Wednesday, according to the Coloradoan.

Collegian news reporter Haley Candelario can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @H_Candelario98.

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    PerseusApr 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

    The cop opted to try out his martial arts skills and picked on a drunk 22 year old girl – it was a cruel, disproportionate response and I hope he gets punished.

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    Michael MillerApr 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I hope the officer and bouncer recover very soon from the injuries they suffered when she “shoulder checked” them. Hopefully she will get a long prison sentence for her violent behavior and defiance of authority.

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    AzleftyApr 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Everyone screaming excessive force watch the video and pay attention to her feet when the officer goes to take her down her cheapass platforms slip out form under her hence the face plant

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      Michael MillerApr 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      You’re insane – that’s 100% a full force body slam. If that was a wrestling match he’d be DQ’d.

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    Lil25Apr 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Seriously? How can you justify this? This woman may have assaulted the officer, but there’s no way she weighed more than 130 pounds, and she was in heels. She obviously wasn’t going to run and get very far. They could easily have held her arms behind her and cuffed her without tossing her into the air and slamming her to the ground face first. God, no wonder we don’t trust cops.

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    Paul PersonneApr 10, 2017 at 1:32 am

    This cop should lose his job, his pension, and his freedom. This is brutality and thuggery, pure and simple.

    Don’t know if that comment will stand here, because, as a side note, the Denver Post INSTANTLY and REPEATEDLY deleted any attempt I made to post a critical comment about the cop, even comments substantially toned down from the one above. I’m not from Denver . . . is the Post some kind of alt-right propaganda rag? From the masthead and home page, I kind of got the idea it was a serious newspaper, but its knee-jerk censorship indicated otherwise.

    Lest you thing that they are being even-handed in some way, they are just fine with this comment by “George:” — “You want to fight and argue with the cops, you deserve every single thing you got coming. Hopefully that dumb broad lost a couple teeth in it.”

    I guess if Colorado becomes a Police State, I know what its newspaper will be!

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    RobertApr 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I agree with others. The officer used excessive force for a woman who probably weighed 95 pounds. I wonder if the officer would have treated his own sister the same way. I doubt it. The officer should get assault also.

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      Lil25Apr 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Psychopath cops can’t feel any empathy. Probably wouldn’t feel any remorse for killing his own mother!

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    HeatherApr 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Good lol she wants to play stupid games, well she won her stupid prize. I don’t understand what is so difficult for people to understand. Don’t mess with the law and it won’t mess with you. Common sense. Oh wait, seems a good chunk of society is lacking that these days.

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      RobertApr 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      She should have been arrested, but in this case, excessive force was used. I hope she sues the city and gets big money.

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        HeatherApr 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

        And you are the problem with society. Let’s reward this dumb ass for being arrested because she assaulted the officer and resisted the officer but she didn’t like the way she was taken down. Some people’s kids……

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      BrentApr 9, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      It’s also the law the the force used to subdue and individual is proportional. So when does the officer win his “stupid prize”?

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        AzleftyApr 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        Actually it was, if you watch her, her me so sexy heels slipped out from under her causing her to face plant; Hard to blame the officer for her poor choice in footwear when she decides to commit assault and resist arrest

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      HeatherApr 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

      He didn’t use excessive force. Body slamming her would have been excessive. He used a standard maneuver for a take down for a subject who was resisting arrest. Had this been my dumb ass kid (son OR daughter) I would NOT be angry with the cop, I would be PISSED at my child for 1) even having a confrontation with the cop and 2.) Clearly disobeying the cop. I would have beat her ass after I made her wait in jail to see a judge. Anyone saying “because she’s a female or her weight” is now being discriminatory. I don’t care what gender or weight or skin color someone is. If you are resisting arrest and assaulting an officer you are going to be taken down. I love how people want to discriminate when it comes to the law. But you would have been ok with this had it been some 200lb guy because he was a guy and weighed 200lbs. A criminal is a criminal period.

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        achtung14Apr 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        This.

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      Lil25Apr 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      No, YOU are a F-ing dumbass lady! It is NOT the police’s job to punish this woman. It is up to the courts to determine how this woman should be punished, NOT THE POLICE! The only reason to use force is to prevent her for harming another person or to prevent her from running. She was tiny and in heels. There’s NO WAY this kind of force was necessary for them to do their job. The police took the law into their own hands. This is NOT their job! If you think it is, you are even more stupid than you seem. (Which is pretty incredible, considering how stupid you seem!)

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