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Video of 22-year-old college student being body-slammed by police officer prompts outrage

April 11, 2017

An awful nine-second video of a 22-year-old college student being body-slammed on the sidewalk by a Fort Collins police officer has gone viral on social media, sparking outrage. While the police claimed they would “thoroughly investigate” the incident, they also stressed that the video doesn’t capture the “context or content of the full event.” The young woman, identified by the police as Michaella Surat, is a junior in college and a member of a sorority.

Officers were called to a scene to resolve an altercation between Surat’s boyfriend and another man outside of a bar in Fort Collins, Colorado. While they were talking to employees of the bar, police alleges that Surat shoulder-checked a bouncer and an officer, and tried to pull her boyfriend away from the authorities. “The officers told her that her boyfriend was not free to leave but that she could go,” a spokesman for the police department said. “She remained at the scene, at which time she physically obstructed and struck an officer” and then was “taken to the ground” so she could be arrested. The incident left her with bruises, a chin contusion and a concussion, family members said, adding that they believe the officer used excessive force. The video of the altercation between Surat and the officer has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Instagram and Twitter. Surat was charged with third-degree assault and obstructing a police officer, she left jail on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

A police investigation of the incident is under way, but an attorney representing Surat has called for an independent investigation into the incident, according to local TV station 7ABC in Denver.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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