Fort Collins police chief resigning after video surfaces of officer throwing woman to ground

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On Tuesday, April 18, City Manager Darin Atteberry and Police Chief John Hutto jointly announced that Chief Hutto will be resigning, effective May 12. Hutto has served as the police chief with the city of Fort Collins for 5 years, following more than 26 years with the city of Austin Police Department. / Fort Collins Police Services

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The police chief of Fort Collins is stepping down over a week after an officer was seen on video throwing a woman face-first to the ground before she was arrested.

Chief John Hutto and the city announced on Tuesday that he would resign May 12 after 5 years in the job. A joint written statement didn’t say why he was leaving but in an online video Hutto said it was time to make a change for the future, noting that the department had faced some “significant challenges” in the last 1.5 years.

 

The Coloradoan newspaper reports that the city recently paid a $425,000 settlement after two Hispanic officers sued the department for alleged racial discrimination. It also paid a settlement in an excessive force case earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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