Partial video of college girl’s arrest at bar goes viral


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

Police spokeswoman Kate Kimble tells the Coloradoan newspaper (http://noconow.co/2oaZelr ) that the woman struck the officer in the university town of Fort Collins on Thursday after police detained her boyfriend who had gotten in a fight at the Bondi Beach Bar. Kimble says the officer used “standard arrest control” to subdue her.

Kimble says the department has its own video from police body-worn cameras. She says that video hasn’t been released because the case is still open. The department will review the officer’s use of force.

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.

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

4 comments

  1. She was under invest alleged to have struck a Cop.
    The responding Officers had this info and were on the alert that she may assault him/them.
    The Officer had RS/PC to place her under arrest.
    Whatever conversation transpired between the Perp and the PO led the Officer to use the force necessary to effect the arrest.
    THIS is not news….it is the course of doing business on The Job!

    • Even if the arrest is fully justified, smashing someone to the ground like that – especially a slight person – is pretty savage. The risk of severe injury (head injury, facial trauma) is very high.

      That this is considered acceptable S.O.P demonstrates a callous disregard for anyone other than the LEO.

      If the officer is unable to arrest/cuff/subdue a drunk girl without this level of violence, then he needs to get back up. And yes, this is violence, not force.

  2. Just another bad apple. I was afraid for my life!!! Get a different job. Come pass my no trepassing sign

    • I don’t think so. I’m a security guard and it sounds like he was just using nullifying force, the minimum amount of force required to make an attack stop. By the time I got here the YouTube video had already been removed, so I don’t know what it showed, but there is little doubt in my mind that his is what occurred as I can tell from experience. I’ve had to face a couple of drunks on the clock. The first was a man who was quite tame, the second was a woman who I did have to tackle in order to make her stop attacking me. I am also sure that the body camera video will show much more detail than what can only be a cell phone video.

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