A Colorado police officer body slammed a sorority girl during an arrest Thursday, a Snapchat video of the incident shows.
Footage posted Saturday shows the Fort Collins police officer throwing the 22 year-old girl to the ground face first, reports NBC News. She was identified as Michaella Surat, a junior at Colorado State University who is apparently a member of Gamma Phi Beta.
Seems excessive… pic.twitter.com/vnHAnIUjeE
— Trevor Hartman (@Trevor_Hartman) April 8, 2017
The 9-second video shows the officer apparently trying to get Surat under control. She steps away from the officer at one point, when he slams her to the ground face first.
Police say the officer arrived to the scene after receiving calls of a disturbance concerning Surat’s boyfriend at a bar Thursday. Surat “shoulder-checked” an officer, police said, when they were trying to get more information on the situation. Surat then hit the officer when they refused to let her leave from the scene, police added.
Noting Surat allegedly physically assaulted the officer before he threw her down, a spokeswoman for the police department called the move a “standard arrest technique.”
Police arrested Surat on charges of third-degree assault and obstruction, the spokeswoman said.
“As with most events of this type, the short, publicly-available video does not have the context or content of the full event,” Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto said in a statement Sunday night. “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.”
Police are planning to investigate the situation and plan to release more footage when the investigation concludes.
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