A Colorado police officer was caught on video slamming a 22-year-old woman to the ground in what many are saying was excessive force.
According to the New York Post, Michaella Surat suffered a concussion, a contusion on her chin, and multiple bruises and scratches after a police officer in Fort Collins thew her face-first into the pavement.
Seems excessive… pic.twitter.com/vnHAnIUjeE
— Trevor Hartman (@Trevor_Hartman) April 8, 2017
Police had responded to an altercation between Surat’s boyfriend and another man at a bar near Colorado State University. In defending the officer’s actions, a police spokesperson told NBC News that Surat had “shoulder-checked” an officer and a bouncer prior to the videotaped incident, in which she is not seen using any physical aggression against the officers.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 10, 2017
“As with most events of this type, the short, publicly-available video does not have the context or content of the full event,” Fort Collins Police Chief John Husto said in a statement.
Surat is reportedly a junior in college and a member of a sorority. She has been charged with third-degree assault and obstructing an officer.