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Feb 25, 2014 9:59 PM by Greg Smith

Buffs' Hall tased and arrested over weekend

University of Colorado football player Jeffrey Hall was arrested over the weekend after witnesses said he choked a woman at a party and then had to be shocked with a Taser when he resisted arrest by Boulder police officers.

Hall, 19, was arrested at 12:17 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of a police possession of alcohol by a minor.

CU sports information director Dave Plati said Tuesday that Hall has been suspended indefinitely by coach Mike MacIntyre.

According to police records, officers received complaints of a loud party at 722 18th St. late Friday night. After arriving at the house, officers said a woman - identified by police as Adrienne Lettow - came out the house and said a man had "choked her out."

Officers said that while they were talking to Lettow in the garage, two men - Hall and fellow CU football player Chidobe Awuzie - came out of the house. Officers said Hall began to rapidly approach Lettow and "appeared to want to physically harm Lettow," while Awuzie tried to restrain him, according to the report.

Two officers pulled their Tasers and told Hall and Awuzie to sit down multiple times before they complied. Officers said Hall began making comments about "(expletive) pigs" and how the police were targeting black men.

According to the report, Lettow made a comment to Hall to the effect of "that's what you get," and Hall started yelling at her then got up and lunged at her.

Three officers tried to get Hall back to the ground, but he continued to resist and began to punch and swing his arms at the officers. A fourth officer then deployed his Taser on Hall in the leg and then pressed the Taser against Hall's leg a second time when he failed to comply.

The officers were able to get Hall into handcuffs, but one of them, Officer John Smyly, was hit in the head and received a scratch while trying to subdue Hall.

Awuzie was not arrested, according to the report.

About 100 people had filed out of the party and were gathered outside the house. According to the report, Lettow said during the party Hall grabbed her by the neck with his left hand and choked her until she dropped to her knees and her vision began to "go black," though she said she never lost consciousness.

Lettow said witnesses then got Hall's hands off her neck and she went outside where she saw the officers responding to the noise complaint.

Two other men at the party also said they saw Hall choke Lettow. Officers noted in their report that Lettow had red marks on her neck.

Lettow, a member of CU's track team, said she knew Hall because they were both athletes at CU, but said they were not close friends. She said she had never had any problems with him before that night.

Hall was taken to Boulder Community Hospital, where he was cleared before being booked into the Boulder County Jail.

He is currently free on bond and due for a filing of charges Wednesday.

Hall, a sophomore, played in all 12 games for the Buffs in 2013 on special teams and as a defensive back. He recorded one kickoff return and a fumble recovery.

 

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