Surveillance Video Shows Altercation Between CSPD Officer and 18-Year-Old

ackerinjuriesA newly surfaced video of a Colorado Springs police officer shows him throwing an 18-year-old girl on the ground inside a hospital. Alexis Acker was arrested in November 2013, after she reportedly interfered with the arrest of her boyfriend, who had a warrant out for him. According to a police report written by Office Tyler Walker, she was drunk and became “physically combative and kicked both Sgt. M. Walsh and myself several times.” Walker’s police report also said, “I then explained to Ms. Acker it was very stupid for her to kick at police as she was now under arrest for assaulting an officer.”

Walker notes in his report that, at that time, he was “able to easily physically control Ms. Acker out of the house” describing himself as 6’3″ tall and approximately 210 pounds. He describes Acker as 5’4″ and 110 pounds. Officer Walker then took Acker to Memorial Hospital, which is where the video was captured. There’s now a pending lawsuit resulting from the incident.

In the video, the 18-year-old is in handcuffs and is being escorted by Officer Walker. In Walker’s police report, he said when Acker refused to sit down in a chair, he pushed her. The video shows her trying to kick him and that’s when he picks her up out of the chair and slams her face down on the ground with her hands still handcuffed behind her back.

“She has injuries that will be permanent. Not only the dental, the jaw. She has a head injury. I think she is still with her doctors trying to get to the bottom of what that is,” said Acker’s criminal attorney Cindy Hyatt. According to the police report Walker said her boot hit him above the groin area, “I felt immediate pain and became greatly aggravated due to Ms. Acker’s continual kicking despite all my failed attempts to get her to calm down.”

“I know it’s a difficult job to be a patrol officer, but no matter what she was saying, I cannot imagine there is anything you can say that can justify but having your face slammed into a floor while you are handcuffed,” Hyatt said. The arrest report and the surveillance video was given to the District Attorney’s office in 2013 shortly after the incident occurred. That evidence was later used to charge Acker with Assault on an Officer. Those charges were later dropped as part of a plea deal.

Officer Walker had been a police officer for 5 years when the incident happened. He was never charged with a crime.




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