Larimer Co. DA: Lawyer should be punished for releasing body cam video of Old Town arrest

Fort Collins Coloradoan: The District Attorney’s Office wants the lawyer representing Michaella Surat to be punished for releasing body camera footage of her arrest.

First Assistant District Attorney Mitch Murray filed a motion calling for sanctions against defense attorney David Lane for releasing the full police body-worn camera video of Surat’s arrest in Old Town Fort Collins.

Surat’s case initially gained notoriety after a bystander recorded a nine-second video of Officer Randy Klamser forcing Surat to the ground during the arrest.

Lane’s release of the footage pre-empted the release from Fort Collins police, who have said they will not share the video until after Surat’s criminal case has concluded.

Surat faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. A misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault was dropped in September 2017.

Lane said that he intends to ask for the recusal of the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office from the case, instead calling for an outside prosecutor.

The District Attorney’s office contends that Lane’s release of body camera footage from Klamser to a Denver television station and the Coloradoan violated court rules. Murray filed the motion May 11.

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