Video of a woman being thrown to the ground in Colorado has sparked outrage, despite law enforcement insisting there is more to the story.
The Coloradoan reports police responded to a bar fight in Fort Collins Thursday. As they were gathering information, the girlfriend of one suspect, later identified as Michaella Surat, "shoulder-checked the bouncer and then pulled her boyfriend" away, police spokeswoman Kate Kimble said. The woman then blocked officers from getting to her boyfriend and hit one, prompting "standard arrest control."
"Standard arrest control" looked like this.
Kimble said police body cameras captured the incident, but the footage hasn't been made public since the case is still open. The officer's use of force is under review, according to The (Colorado Springs) Gazette.
Surat, a Colorado State University junior, was arrested and charged with assault and obstructing an officer.
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 ...
Fort Collins police chief John Hutto said the short video shown above lacked context, The Denver Post reported. He also said releasing the body camera footage "would not be proper."
Hutto posted a full statement on Facebook.
Shame!! Weak puke cop can't subdue a frail 22 yr old? He just wanted to use excessive force to satisfy his masochistic dark heart. SAD!— Aryc Drummond (@ArycDrum) April 10, 2017
But some observers said the officer went too far.
Beyond embarrassing to Ft Collins when chief actually tries to defend his officers actions. Officer & chief need to go if this is acceptable— Chris Megan (@ChrisMeganOTW) April 10, 2017
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