Mistrial for Colorado college student thrown down by officer
January 9, 2018
FORT COLLINS — A judge has declared a mistrial in a case involving a 22-year-old northern Colorado college student who was shown on video being thrown face-first to the sidewalk by a police officer last year.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports Judge Joshua Lehman dismissed jurors Tuesday, citing new evidence that the defense team had discovered and which prosecutors don't have enough time to review. A new trial will be set for April or May.
Attorneys on both sides declined to comment about the newly discovered evidence.
Michaella Surat was arrested in Fort Collins in April and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
Police say the Colorado State University student hit an officer multiple times and grabbed him by the throat after her boyfriend was detained outside a bar. An internal investigation cleared the officer of wrongdoing.