A Colorado Springs, Colorado, police officer reportedly slammed a woman, 18, face-first into a hospital floor on Nov. 21, 2013. A hospital surveillance video (below) of the incident was recently released.
Alexis Acker was handcuffed when Officer Tyler Walker reportedly body slammed her onto the concrete floor, knocking out two of her teeth.
Acker is preparing a lawsuit over the incident, which she claims caused other injuries to her head, jaw and face that resulted in a concussion, memory problems and cognitive difficulties.
According to the Colorado Springs Independent, the chain of events began when police answered a call at Acker's apartment over a gun disturbance.
The cops apparently found no probable cause for the gun report, but did arrest Acker's boyfriend, Tyrin Tanks, on outstanding warrants.
Acker was "intoxicated and verbally uncooperative with police" and "physically combative," Walker wrote in his police report.
Acker was arrested, placed in a police car and taken to Memorial Hospital by Walker for "medical clearance."
Walker claimed in his report that Acker kicked him in the "groin area" right before he slammed her to the floor.
In the video, Acker's leg does go up, but it's not clear if she makes contact with Walker's groin. He doesn't double over as if being kicked in the testicles, but claims he felt "immediate pain."
Walker then appears to hit Acker in the face, and slams her to the floor.
Sgt. Mary Walsh, who was not present during the hospital incident, claimed that Walker "rolled (Acker) out of the chair to the floor."
Officer Anthony Carey, who also didn't witness the hospital incident, claimed that Walker “escorted Ms. Acker to the floor.”
The video appears to show that both of the police non-witness accounts are inaccurate.
Walker's account claimed he "forcefully threw Ms. Acker … face down on the ground."
Walker added in his police report:
"It was then evident that I had caused her injury and knocked out her front tooth while throwing her on to the hard linoleum hospital floor, while her hands (were) still handcuffed behind her back."
Colorado Springs Independent notes: "Acker was charged with five offenses, including two felony assaults on a police officer. In a plea bargain, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer and felony menacing, receiving a deferred sentence on the felony, says Cindy Hyatt, her criminal attorney."
Acker is now represented by civil attorney Shimon Kohn in her upcoming $500,000 lawsuit.
According to PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley said in a statement:
"The video is part of civil litigation and an internal investigation therefore I am unable to provide comment. Officer Walker is employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department."