Fort Collins, CO - Fort Collins Officer Randall Klasmer has been placed on paid administrative leave after video (posted below) went viral showing his takedown of a violent female, according to FOX 31.
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, started hitting the officer, and grabbed him by the throat.
Officer Randall Klamser 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.
Officer Randall Klamser 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 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.
The department has responded with an unusual move for a simple use of force; the department said that there is no evidence that the officer did anything wrong, but officer was placed on administrative leave. The department said that the decision to place Officer Randall Klamser on leave was based on the public reaction to the video, and not disciplinary.
Chief John Hutto has said that the video on the internet has been taken out of context, and that they have bodycam videos of the incident. He said that the department would be releasing the bodycam videos once the investigation is complete.
You can see the initial video of the incident here: