FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A short video circulating on the internet shows an unidentified Colorado police officer slamming a 22-year-old woman in high heels to the pavement because, they say, she “physically obstructed and struck an officer.”
Michaella Surat, a junior at Colorado State University, has been identified as the woman in the video filmed Thursday.
Barstool Sports tweeted the raw footage Saturday.
According to the Coloradoan, police called this a “standard arrest control” technique. They say the woman “shoulder-checked the bouncer and an officer and then pulled her boyfriend from the area” but was told that her boyfriend was not free to leave but that she could go.
Police say Surat “remained at the scene, at which time she physically obstructed and struck an officer.”
But someone observing the altercation filmed it, and some believe that the arrest involved excessive force.
The officer involved has not been identified.
Fort Collins police spokeswoman Kate Kimble says that body camera video is not being released at this time because this is “still an open case.”
She also said the video is under review.
As for Surat, she was taken to Larimer County Jail and has bonded out at $1,750.
She faces charges of third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer.
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