It’s so great to live in America where when a woman who can’t weigh more than 120 pounds soaking wet mouths off to a man who responds by literally body slamming her into concrete, we just say “well, hey! We don’t know all the information!”
That appears to be the case with Michaella Surat, a Gamma Phi Beta at Colorado State, who got into it (and then got body checked) by not just any man, but a cop. Receipts:
Reports claim that the altercation began with a disturbance between Surat’s boyfriend and another man. When police came to gather information from the two men, Surat allegedly “shoulder-checked the bouncer and an officer and then pulled her boyfriend from the area.” Though she was free to go, when she was told her boyfriend was not yet free to leave, she evidently “physically obstructed and struck an officer.” None of this was caught on the video circulating social media, though.
I respect the hustle in going to bat for your man, but hitting a cop is just fucking stupid. Homegirl absolutely deserved to be physically restrained, but what we see above is clearly the officer having an emotional reaction to her behavior. It’s like the difference between a parent giving a child a spanking because they’re disciplining the child versus a spanking because they’re mad and can’t control themselves. One is appropriate. The other is not. All you need is vision to know the difference. This woman could have clearly been detained in a way that didn’t have potential to knock some teeth out or cause brain damage.
Fort Collins Police Services posted a message from Chief Hutto regarding the video to their Facebook page.
*MESSAGE FROM CHIEF HUTTO REGARDING ARREST VIDEO*
The arrest of Michaella Surat by Fort Collins Police officers has generated a great deal of interest on social media and conversation in our community. I understand and appreciate why this event has sparked so much interest. The incident was partially captured on cell phone video and was also documented on the body cameras worn by the officers on the scene.
As with most events of this type, the short, publicly-available video does not have the context or content of the full event. Additionally, rarely in use of force situations is there agreement from all the parties involved as to the appropriateness, efficacy, or necessity of its use. These questions are only answered through the analysis of all the evidence after the fact.
I have a duty to preserve and protect the processes that our society has put in place to ensure that the questions surrounding this incident are answered in a fair and impartial manner. 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 from our body worn cameras. This is an open investigation and to release evidence, absent a truly compelling reason, would not be proper. I am committed to preserving a process that ensures a fair and impartial outcome. I am equally committed to preserving the rights of both Ms. Surat and the involved officers.
This event will be thoroughly investigated. The court process will take place and there will be an internal review of the officer’s actions from the perspective of policy and procedure. At the conclusion of these investigative processes, the body worn camera video will be made available to the public.
[In the early morning hours of April 6, Fort Collins Police officers were dispatched to a separated disturbance between two males. As officers were trying to gather information from employees, one of the involved suspects’ girlfriend, Michaella Surat, shoulder-checked the bouncer and an officer and then pulled her boyfriend from the area. The officers told her that her boyfriend was not free to leave but that she could go. She remained at the scene, at which time she physically obstructed and struck an officer. Surat was taken to the ground in order to affect the arrest and was booked into the Larimer County Jail on charges of 3rd Degree Assault and Obstructing a Peace Officer.]
So, uhhh, a whole lot of “but you don’t know the whole story!” which to me just seems like a load of crap. No information on Surat’s physical condition has been released at this time..