Fort Collins, CO - A Fort Collins woman learned the hard way that being a female doesn't allow you to assault police officers. The consequences were captured on video (below.)
Fort Collins Police Services officers initially responded to a disturbance at the Bondi Beach Bar on the evening April 6th, according to Denver7.
The officers arrived and were dealing with the two men who were involved in the disturbance. Michaella Surat, 22, then shoulder-checked a bouncer and tried to pull her boyfriend away from police.
Officers told Surat that she was free to leave, but her boyfriend was not. Rather than leave, Surat physically obstructed officers and then hit an officer.
The officer then tried to place Surat under arrest for assaulting a police officer. The video starts up while Surat is actively resisting arrest, and had been resisting prior to the start of the video.
Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest are two really good ways to get taken to the ground. When somebody is assaulting an officer or actively resisting arrest, the police are allowed to punch you. The officers, no doubt, determined that based on her size, a simple takedown would be the most reasonable amount of force necessary.
The officer took Surat down and she was placed under arrest for third-degree assault and obstructing a police officer.
The video only shows the actual takedown, which has started an internet outcry of "police brutality." On the internet, it's assumed that if an edited video doesn't show the suspect attacking police, then it never happened.
Despite the internet outrage, the department is standing by the officer's actions.
"Officers used a standard arrest control to subdue her," Sergeant Dean Cunningham said.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
You can see the video of the takedown here: