A college student was body slammed to the ground after allegedly striking an officer on Thursday night outside of Bondi Beach Bar in Fort Collins, CO. A video of the event has gone viral on social media and is sparking debate about who is wrong, and who is right.
Police had been called to the bar after reports of a fight. The girl, Michaella Surat, was there with her boyfriend, who was one of the patrons involved in the altercation.
Surat, a student at Colorado State University, can be seen struggling with an officer who is holding her by the wrists. As she tries to move away, the officer twists her arm and forces her to the ground. When she tries to stand up, she’s pushed back down as another officer assists.
Onlookers can be heard laughing as she’s being subdued.
A spokesman for the police department says, “She remained at the scene, at which time she physically obstructed and struck an officer.”
The footage was uploaded to social media, where it has drawn many opinions about the Fort Collins Police. Some feel that the officers were too harsh, while some feel that her slight build should have been taken into account. Others expressed the need to know the whole story and criticized the videos distribution.
Surat was booked into Larimer County Jail for assault and obstructing a police officer, but was released after posting bond. She’s scheduled for a court appearance on Wednesday.
The Fort Collins Police believe that their treatment of the girl was in line with their standards considering the accusation of assaulting an officer. Body cam footage will be used to further their investigation.
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