Video Surfaces of Colorado Springs Officer Brutalizing Handcuffed Woman in Hospital and Knocking Her Teeth Out
A newly released video shows a Colorado Springs police officer brutally throwing a handcuffed 18-year-old woman to the hospital floor, smashing her face against the Memorial Hospital floor in 2013.
So hard that it knocked her teeth out.
The video will be part of a lawsuit that is being prepared on behalf of the woman against the department.
In the video, Officer Tyler Walker, 29 at the time, is seen shoving the handcuffed woman, 18-year-old Alexis Acker, into a chair by hitting her in the stomach. Acker then kicks at the officer, likely because he just assaulted her and had no other means to defend herself. The officer is then seen immediately slamming the teen face first onto a hospital floor while she was handcuffed- knocking out two of her teeth.
One of two conflicting police reports obtained by the Colorado Springs Independent regarding the incident states that the officer “escorted her to the floor,” while the second one claims that he “rolled her … to the floor.”
The video that the publication obtained tells an entirely different story than either version in the police reports.
Aside from having two teeth knocked out, Acker suffered trauma to the face, head, teeth and jaw; migraine headaches, concussion, closed head injuries, memory and cognitive function problems, as well as post traumatic stress disorder.
The incident took place after police were dispatched to Acker’s apartment after a report involving a gun. Acker was reportedly “intoxicated and verbally uncooperative with police,” and became “physically combative” when her boyfriend was arrested for outstanding warrants. The officers claimed that she was kicking at them and had to be pinned to a sofa. She was arrested on charges which included resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
Before being taken to the department to be booked, Acker was taken to the hospital for “medical clearance due to her intoxication level and combative nature,” Walker claimed in his report. The officer alleges that Acker “remained verbally aggressive, continually yelling obscenities towards police and my personal life. … She yelled statements such as, ‘I hope you and your wife can never have any children … because you’re a stupid fucking cop.’”
Perhaps his feelings being hurt had something to do with the level of force used when he shoved the teenage girl, who reportedly weighed roughly 110 pounds, down into her chair.
The officer claims that after he got her in the chair she kicked him in the groin, and that is when he smashed her face into the ground.
At this point, the Independent points out that the reports become a bit conflicting.
Walker’s supervisor, Sgt. Mary Walsh, who was allegedly also kicked by the teenager in the apartment, but was not present for the hospital assault wrote that the force the officer used was necessary and justified- despite not being there. Her report stated that the officer “rolled her out of the chair to the floor” — his “only means to control her.”
Meanwhile, Officer Anthony Carey, who also wasn’t there for the assault, wrote that Walker “escorted Ms. Acker to the floor,” like he had just helped an elderly woman cross the street or committed some sort of gentle and kind act.