VIDEO: Sealed Bodycam Shows Woman Sent Flying After Attacking Cop

A Colorado defense attorney released evidence to the public in an attempt to ignite controversy.

Fort Collins, CO – Sealed bodycam footage of a Colorado State University student’s 2017 arrest was released by her defense attorney on Wednesday, in an attempt to re-enflame controversy regarding the woman’s allegations of excessive force, police said.

"It would appear [to be] an orchestration to influence public opinion," interim Police Chief Terry Jones told the Coloradoan. "Theoretically, a law enforcement agency could be held in contempt [if it were to release body camera footage prior to approval by the DA's office]."

Chief Jones added that the unauthorized release of evidence was “underhanded,” “completely inappropriate,” and “unethical.”

However, instead of igniting outrage, the video has people voicing support for the police.

The footage showed the April 6, 2017 arrest of Michaella Surat, who became belligerent with Fort Collins police when she was told to leave the area while police spoke with her then-boyfriend outside of an Old Town nightclub.

During the altercation, Surat struck Officer Randy Klasmer multiple times, and was ultimately thrown to the ground and handcuffed, the video showed.

A bystander recorded a brief video of the incident, which showed only a nine-second portion of Surat’s arrest. The bodycam footage was nearly seven minutes long, and showcased the true extent of the belligerent woman’s actions.

Surat’s attorney, David Lane, claimed that he decided to release the sealed evidence in an attempt to show that Officer Klasmer – who was cleared of wrongdoing in June – had used excessive force during the arrest, KUSA reported.

"The police have been hiding behind this body cam that they refuse to disclose as vindicating their position," Lane told the Coloradoan, failing to mention that they aren't allowed to release the footage. "The body cam makes Klasmer out to be a liar. Let the public see the truth."

The incident took place outside a bustling nightclub, where a long line of people were waiting to get inside, Officer Klasmer’s bodycam footage showed.

The officer was heard speaking with an employee at the club, who told them that a man had been causing problems with one of their security guards.

Suddenly, Surat shoved her way past the employee pushing him to the side as she attempted to leave the area with her boyfriend.

“Yeah he’s not free to go,” Officer Klasmer told her. “He’s not free to go, but you can keep walking.”

Surat immediately pivoted, and told the officer she wasn’t going to leave.

“Back off,” Officer Klasmer said, as Surat moved closer towards him. “You need to go.”

“No, you don’t need to f*****g touch me,” Surat replied, while the officer attempted to keep her away from her boyfriend.

The woman continued to argue with police, and was told she was under arrest.

“Can you explain to me why you’re touching me?” Surat asked, as she refused to comply with the officer’s commands.

“Ma’am, I don’t wanna throw you on the ground,” Officer Klasmer told her. “Please don’t do that.”

Surat repeatedly tried to face the officer, who appeared to be holding onto one of her wrists and repeatedly asked her to comply.

“What did I do?” she demanded.

At one point during the altercation, Surat allegedly struck Officer Klasmer multiple times, and dug her nails into his neck, the officer said in his report.

“Due to her lack of cooperation, the female had to be taken to the ground during her arrest,” Officer Klasmer wrote, according to KUSA.

The brief takedown elicited outcry from bystanders, and Surat momentarily wailed on the ground while being handcuffed.

“I’m not resisting!” she then began yelling towards the crowd. “I’m not doing anything!”

“I was trying to get my boyfriend! Are you f******g kidding me?” Surat cried, as Officer Klasmer led her towards a patrol vehicle.

She begged passersby to help her, and at one point threw herself onto the ground and began wailing.

“Can you stand up, please?” Officer Klasmer asked her calmly.

“Can you let go of me?” Surat yelled back. “Let me go! Let me go!”

“I can feel you shaking, you little p***y,” she told the officer. “F**k you!”

Officer Klasmer then handed Surat off to a female officer.

“Ma’am do you need paramedics at all?” he asked Surat.

“F**k you!” she retorted.

Surat then turned to the female officer who was placing her into the patrol vehicle.

“I need paramedics, but not from him, cuz f**k him!” she said, before unleashing with a long stream of profanities.

As the officers waited for medical personnel to respond, a male witness approached the officer, and told him he had observed what had occurred.

“I saw that you were in the right,” he said, as he offered his contact information and agreed to give a statement.

“I saw exactly what happened there,” the man said. “She hit you three times before you took her down.”

“I tried really hard not to,” the Officer Klasmer said.

“I know, man, but [there’s] a lot of people in the line there, and I know you probably won’t have a lot of witnesses because she’s got a lot of sorority friends there, so.”

He said he saw Officer Klasmer remove Surat from the line, and that she appeared to be “really drunk.”

“You were trying to be very reasonable with her, to calm her down about two or three times,” the man recounted. “She hit you...she was verbally abusive with you.”

He noted that after the third time that Surat “physically assaulted” the officer, he was forced to take her to the ground “because she was going to hit you a fourth time.”

The man added that he was “more than willing to testify to that in a court of law.”

Surat was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. One count of felony assault was dropped in September of 2017, the Coloradoan reported.

The case went before a jury in January, but ended in a mistrial.

A new trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but was continued until August after a disagreement between prosecutors and Lane regarding expert testimony and evidence.

That delay prompted Lane to release the sealed footage, he told the Coloradoan.

Lane added that he planned to request a new judge and a new prosecutor for Surat’s upcoming trial, and said he otherwise felt that she would not have a fair trial.

He said he planned to file a civil lawsuit against the Fort Collins police at the conclusion of the legal matter, as well.

First District Attorney Mitch Murray declined to comment regarding the situation, and said he would not release any information that might affect a defendant’s right to a fair trial, the Coloradoan reported.

"We take our ethical obligations very seriously. The actions of defense counsel do not change that," Murray told the Coloradoan. "The evidence and arguments in this case will be presented to a jury in a court of law, as it should be."

You can see the bodycam video below:

Comments (37)
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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Mom and Dad will be so proud of what she's turned out to be. All that money for college (man said sorority) and this is what she's turned into..........How sad....

Betts122
Betts122

I am so glad this police officer had a witness who came forward and witnessed everything and volunteered to be a witness in court. It's nice to see someone stand up for the police and be a witness. Thank you to this young man! This girl needs to spend time in jail.

Caprice56
Caprice56

He has more restraint than most. She’s lucky! Gotta love the body cameras. Proves police right about 90% of the time.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wonder why they dropped the assault charge against her.

mauiisl
mauiisl

Bitch should stay in jail for a long time. Along with her worthless parents.

cavone69
cavone69

What a foul mouthed piece of trash she is

JBo
JBo

Not exactly a "keeper" is she?

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

There is no way in hell I could be a Law Enforcement officer, as I would have decked that mouthy cow.

flagwaver
flagwaver

The officer did the right thing. She should have complied the first time he gave her an order. She is playing the incident to the hilt

Ijakob
Ijakob

All I got to say... once again a 30 second ride on the tazer would have brought all the "f" bombs to an end... and would have been fun to watch...

nuccten
nuccten

Does she kiss her mother with that mouth?

Mrs10
Mrs10

Wow, what a jewel she is -and apparently her attorney is also just as classy!

I don’t know Colorado statutes, but I wonder if he should also be serving time along with her. Obstruction of Justice is just ONE charge that comes to mind. Again, I don’t know specifics so if obstruction doesn’t fit how about tampering with evidence?

Mrs10
Mrs10

Also need to give a huge THANK YOU to the man who stood up and said “you were in the right” and actually took the time to do the right thing.

We need more people to act like HIM and less like HER!

John-Brown
John-Brown

I'm sure she was hoping for dick in her face that night. Instead she got concrete in her face. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

Reppoc493
Reppoc493

Always the ugly skanks... always!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Love it when this happens. The criminals complain about police brutality and then the body cam shows the exact opposite.

John-Brown
John-Brown

JBo said: "Not exactly a "keeper" is she?" Actually she is a keeper. As long as you keep her in the basement!

Nativeamerican
Nativeamerican

I did nothing wrong,what did I do wrong. I love that phrase.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hated dealing with drunk belligerent women! They are the absolute worse. Arrested a woman once, drunk on her ass, standing outside of her apartment screaming her head off. I told her too many times to go back inside BUT of course she refused. She was holding onto a cat when I finally had enough and told her she was under arrest. At that point it became a tug of war with her holding the front of the cat while I held the back end trying to dislodge it from her grip. Had to grab her arms pretty hard before finally getting her in cuffs. A month later I get subpoenaed by her attorney. The first thing he did was show me a bunch of photos of his clients arms which were bruised from when I grabbed her. You could actually see the outline of my fingers. The attorney asked "did you do this to my client"? Response - "yes sir, I guess I did, but it wouldn't have happened if she cooperated" I think the attorney was expecting me to deny it because he had his client plead up to the charges.

Heezels
Heezels

You sometimes want to distill charges down to what can be easily prosecutable. It’s hard to prove he assaulted her with only one or two witnesses and no injury. Makes sense to drop that and go after the other charges because they have clear video evidence.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So, what you are saying, Heezels, is that there is some reasonable doubt about whether she actually assaulted the police officer. Got it. Good point.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

If that was a guy acting like she was, he would have been down on the ground a lot sooner. She’s just another ‘entitlement biotch’ millennial, who is clueless in life & has zero respect for authority. We have an entire generation of ‘lost’ whiners like her. Thanks parents!

tfort
tfort

They dropped assault charges and then a mistrial. You know it could be she is innocent. She took it to the courts and she came out pretty well for the first round. I bet they drop all charges before the next trial.

Dangerdoug
Dangerdoug

Does that "lady" eat with that filthy mouth?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I just love how she thinks she's some entitled bad ass SJW and as soon as she's taken down to the ground she plays victim!! I hope mommy and daddy are proud they raised a ignorant entitled bitch!! Her attorney is a piece of shit too talking about going after a ghetto lottery over this. Smmfh!!!

61mouse
61mouse

Video should be played sat her family reunion so her parents can say how proud they are of their little girl

LEO0301
LEO0301

@John-Brown Absolutely!

Marlis
Marlis

Maybe she’ll comply the next time an officer gives her directives.

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

Once again all she had to do was listen to the officer. She talked, yelled and cussed herself right in to all of it. It should be in civics class in school. How to conduct yourself with the Police. Might be less of this but I doubt it. Alcohol is a big factor. Can’t count how many of these I dealt with.

Karelle
Karelle

Looks good to me...... As usual failure to comply with a lawful order..... Got what she deserved....

Suz
Suz

Kudos to the good Samaritan who offered to testify what really happened! She is a disgrace!

Proudoftheblue
Proudoftheblue

here we go..liberals being liberals again

CaptCap
CaptCap

Just another intoxicated foul-mouthed millennial with no respect for authority. Force used was appropriate under the circumstances. More lawyer theatrics looking for public sympathy and finding none...

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Another case of an overdose of "Liquid courage" that put her mouth in gear. Cops don't have to take their abuse....

shooter
shooter

Very attractive drunk women are the worst... Arrested one of those for drunk in public at the Orange County fair, which was always a fertile ground for such things. I cut her some slack with the cuffs and allowed her to get cuffed in front because she gave me a sob story about being abused. Walked her back to the booking area, told her to sit down on a bench, and as she did so, she bit down on the crook of my arm, drawing blood in the process. I took her down, similar to Klasmer, amidst profanities and complaints, re-cuffed her in back, and stuffed her into a transportation unit. Last I saw of her, she was trying to kick out the back window of the unit. Transportation deputies then hog-tied her with a hobble and she was fighting the whole time while turning the air blue with profanities.