The office of a sheriff in Colorado released camera images of the body from the moment a woman was arrested by a sergeant while retrained in a chair after being arrested for smoking in a forbidden area and allowing her assistance dog to run free.
The video of Sgt Chris Reiss's bodycam from the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of Boulder County shows that Lauren Gotthelf argued with officers in Boulder County Prison on November 25, 2017.
At the time, Gotthelf, 34, was criticized by an officer for smoking in Pearl Street Mall and her assistance dog was detached from the leash.
The authorities said that Gotthelf refused to sign the summons and that she was taken to prison.
In the images, Reiss Gotthelf hears that she guards suicide & # 39; based on your suicide statements & # 39 ;.
The video of Sgt Chris Reiss's bodycam from the Sheriff & # 39; s Office in Boulder County shows that Lauren Gotthelf (right) is arguing with officers on November 25, 2017, in Boulder County prison
In the images, Reiss Gotthelf hears that she guards suicide & # 39; based on your suicide statements & # 39 ;. She denies committing suicide, but the officers keep her under control and place her on a chair outside the cell
Gotthelf then denies that she has made suicidal statements, despite several officers claiming she did.
& # 39; You just said, "I'm killing myself, I'm just hanging myself," says another officer in the video, a claim that Gotthelf denies.
& # 39; You are crazy, & # 39; Gotthelf hears when the delegates tell her to put on a suicide keel.
She then demands that the officers take her to a hospital, a request they refused.
& # 39; You are not going to a hospital, you are following a suicide protocol & # 39 ;, Reiss says in the images.
Moments later, the delegates ordered Gotthelf to look with her hands behind her back at the wall of her cell as they prepare to restrain her.
Three delegates see Gotthelf trying to fascinate while Reiss points a taser at her.
Gotthelf is then placed on a chair while the delegates fasten her around her and place a spit hood over her face. When she seems to resist, Reiss is carrying her.
Although most of what Gotthelf says is muted, she hears she has done nothing.
& # 39; You piece of f ** king shit. You picked me up for no reason, & she heard the officers say.
On Tuesday, Gotthelf & # 39; s lawyer, Mari Newman, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her client.
The lawsuit claims that Gotthelf was forced to sit in the chair for another four hours.
& # 39; That is not going to help anyone who is suicidal. That's just sadistic, & Newman said Fox 31.
The lawsuit claims that the officers showed excessive violence and disability discrimination.
Gotthelf is seen in the chair while the delegates attach around her and place a spit hood over her face
This is the moment when Reiss hears Gotthelf warning to stop resisting or else he would be her taser
Officers said they continued to resist, which resulted in a once & # 39; touch tased & # 39; with the drive-stun setting in the left thigh
On Friday, the sheriff's office issued a statement stating that they disagreed with the claims.
& # 39; We have factual disagreements with the allegations in the trial against the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of Boulder County regarding the use of force against Mrs. Lauren Gotthelf, who was booked in Boulder County Prison on November 25, 2017 & # 39 ;, is the statement.
According to the statement, Gotthelf was & # 39; disruptive and placed in a storage cell & # 39; when she arrived at the prison.
& # 39; The staff tried to de-escalate her behavior, but Mrs. Gotthelf was argumentative and relentless. She refused to comply with repeated orders from two separate delegates.
& # 39; When delegates tried to take her arm to guide her to a cell, she sat down and refused to move. When the order was repeated, she got up, walked about 10 feet from the cell and stopped.
& # 39; She planted her feet and braced her legs to prevent movement. She wore socks and delegates had to slide her over the linoleum floor into the cell because of her resistance and refusal to move, the statement says.
Authorities said that Gotthelf constantly made & # 39; negative, vulgar and racist comments to delegates & # 39; and shouted & # 39; insults for forty-five minutes & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Due to its resistive behavior, the limitations on the seat could not be secured. She received several verbal commands to sit in the chair and stop resisting, but kept bumping into her body and being physically resistant.
& # 39; A touch of a sergeant once instructed her with the "drive-stun" setting in the left thigh for pain compliance. To keep her head safe, an assistant sheriff held a hypoglossal hold. Even after these techniques, Ms. Gotthelf did not cooperate, but delegates were finally able to apply all restrictions correctly.
& # 39; Medical staff has checked the limitations in accordance with the policy. In short, the Members did not use excessive force against Mrs Gotthelf. They used a deliberate and calculated amount of the minimum amount of force needed to reduce violence and ensure safety, in accordance with our policy on the use of violence and our policy on conductive energy, & the statement continued.
The sheriff's office said they first heard of the lawsuit earlier this year and that no complaint was ever lodged with their office against the delegates in 2017 or 2018.
& # 39; The facts of this situation show, and the video supports, that the use of force by the officers was reasonable and in good faith & # 39 ;, said the sheriff's office.
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