Social Media Uproar After Video Shows Police Takedown Of Woman

By Dillon Thomas

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Video of a male police officer taking a female Colorado State University student to the ground went viral on social media over the weekend.

The video, which was taken outside Bondi Beach Bar in Old Town, shows 22-year-old Michaela Surat being thrown to the ground by a Fort Collins Police Services officer.

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“(Watching the video) was a little shocking, just purely from the size difference from the cop and the girl,” said Jason Pocalyko, a Fort Collins resident.

Those who know Surat told CBS4 she may have been celebrating her birthday when the arrest occurred. The video only shows the takedown, and not what led up to the arrest.

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Fort Collins Police Services released a statement saying the arrest came after an altercation involving Surat’s boyfriend.

Police were attempting to break up a fight when Surat shoulder checked an officer, according to police. Police said Surat was told to leave when she struck an officer.

While eyewitness video only captured what happened as officers took Surat to the ground, body camera video from the department will likely be presented in court.

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Michaella Surat (credit: Fort Collins Police Services)

On Saturday, days after the video was filmed, many were overheard discussing the arrest near Old Town. Many told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas the video was not enough to help them choose a side.

“It did seem a little excessive. You can’t hear the video, and what is happening in it,” Pocalyko said. “I don’t want to make a judgement before I know all the information.”

“You definitely need to know the whole story about why the cops were originally talking to her,” said Meredith Winslow, a Fort Collins resident.

Police said the technique used to take Surat down was “standard arrest control.”

Surat was taken to the Larimer County Jail where she was charged with third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer.

CBS4 reached out to Surat for comment, and an explanation of her side of the story. Request for comment via phone calls and texts were not returned.

LINK: FCPS Chief John Hutto’s Message Regarding Arrest Video

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Laura Fisher says:

    Boy: “When I grow up, I wanna be a cop.”

    Dad: “No, son. I think you should be a fireman.”

    Boy: Why is that, dad?”

    Dad: “Because people LIKE firemen.”

  2. This cop should lose his job, his pension, and his freedom. This is brutality and thuggery, pure and simple.

    Don’t know if that comment will stand here, because, as a side note, the Denver Post INSTANTLY and REPEATEDLY deleted any attempt I made to post a critical comment about the cop, even comments substantially toned down from the one about. I’m not from Denver . . . is the Post some kind of alt-right propaganda rag? From the masthead and home page, I kind of got the idea it was a serious newspaper, but its knee-jerk censorship indicated otherwise.

    Lest you thing that they are being even-handed in some way, they are just fine with this comment by “George:” — “You want to fight and argue with the cops, you deserve every single thing you got coming. Hopefully that dumb broad lost a couple teeth in it.”

    I guess if Colorado becomes a Police State, I know what its newspaper will be!

    1. Marty Monaco says:

      Paul, shouldn’t you know the WHOLE story before leaving your opinion? Everyone is ignorant on many topics. When you speak like you know the whole story and don’t, that is stupidity.

  3. John Johnson says:

    You don’t have to see what” happened before in this case” to see male officer slam an unarmed female to the ground face first unnecessarily, the department will cover this up as best they can, I would say to the department and media outlets to check on this officers record , does he have a history of abuse in arrest or domestic violence against a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, there to much anger on his part to simply ignore that.

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