Cops tend to receive on again off again criticism for how they treat citizens, both physically and mentally. While this has been going on for quite some time, it really sparked when officers from the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) were caught on camera beating Rodney King repeatedly in 1991. The incident involving king is what started the controversy surrounding poor treatment of minorities by police officers, and it ignited the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Recently, another incident has surfaced and it has the public taking two different sides.
When a fight broke out between two men in Fort Collins, Colorado, police arrived on the scene to break it up. One of the men involved in the fight was Colorado State University student Michaella Surat’s boyfriend. The 22-year-old sorority student got involved just as police were attempting to break the men apart. When a bouncer and the police officer wouldn’t let her boyfriend go, she shoulder-checked them. Officers then told her to leave the area, but she stayed and went on to strike one of the officers. At that point, the officer attempted to arrest Surat for her physical actions but she refused to comply with the officer’s orders. Just as she was trying to escape the officer’s hold, a witness began filming the scene and they captured the officer lifting Surat up and slamming her onto the ground in one fluid sweep.
It didn’t take much for Surat’s small frame to be maneuvered into a ground hold, and now the public is criticizing the police department for exhibiting unfair and excessive force during an arrest.
Some of the comments that have surfaced since the incident include the following…
“No no! You cannot slam a 110-pound woman on the floor. And the guy who is filming this is a buffoon. Where is the training? The cop that did what he did should be suspended.”
“Wrong! Don’t even tell me that was the only way to get a 100-pound woman under control.”
Regardless of the manner in which the officer’s conducted the maneuver, Surat is still facing charges of obstructing a peace officer and third-degree assault.
Due to the outrage on social media, the Fort Collins Police Services shared a post, stating that they understand the community’s concern, but the entire incident was not captured on the brief clip that was provided. The investigation is still open and the footage captured on the officer’s body camera will be reviewed. The officer’s actions will be reviewed internally and compared to the policy and procedures that the Fort Collins Police Services abides by. Once the body camera footage is reviewed and the case is closed, it will be released to the public.
On the other end of the spectrum, some viewers of the video sided with the cops…
“When a cop tells you to put your hands behind your back, you are under arrest, it is not a mere suggestion. Comply and you have no problem. This girl got an education outside of the classroom.”
“When will people learn that resisting arrest is going to lead to physical action on the part of someone.”