COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –
A video obtained by the Colorado Springs Independent shows an incident that’s at the center of an excessive force lawsuit that’s being prepared against the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The paper released the video as part of an in-depth report looking into the issue of police brutality in Colorado Springs.
The report says the surveillance video from inside Memorial Hospital dates back to 2013 and appears to show an officer slamming a woman to the ground.
The newspaper identified the officer as Tyler Walker and the woman as Alexis Acker.
One of two police reports obtained by The Independent says that Acker kicked Walker in the groin area and that in response, the officer “rolled her out of the chair to the floor.” The other report says Walker “escorted Ms. Acker to the floor.”
Acker’s civil attorney confirmed to KRDO NewsChannel 13 that in May, he filed a letter with the city indicating he is preparing a lawsuit. The Independent says Acker may seek as much as $500,000 in the suit. The letter reportedly says Acker suffered injuries to her face, head, teeth and Jaw that have had long term health consequences.
The Independent reports that since 2010, Colorado Springs has paid $412,500 to settle claims of excessive force.