CU football player suspended following his arrest in weekend disturbance involving choking woman

Jeffrey Hall arrested early Saturday

BOULDER, Colo. - A University of Colorado football player has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest over the weekend after scuffling with Boulder Police officers.

Jeffrey John Hall, 19, was arrested just after midnight Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of a police officer and underage possession of alcohol.

Police say officers had to use a Taser stun gun to subdue Hall during the struggle.

The incident began as police investigated a loud party at 722 18th St. Police said a woman said one of the men at the party had "choked her out." 

As she was talking to police, Hall and fellow CU football player, Chidobe Awuzie, came out of the house and Hall "appeared to want to physically harm" the woman, police said. Hall and Awuzie were ordered to sit on the floor of the garage behind the house and officers said Hall started making comments about police targeting black men and calling them "f***ing pigs," according to the incident report.

The woman, who was separated from the men yelled "that's what you get" at Hall and police said Hall yelled back, got up and lunged at her. He was restrained by three police officers while a fourth used a stun gun to get him under control. An officer was hurt in the struggle, the police report said.

The woman told police she was choked just before officers arrived.

"She was in front of Hall and they were face to face. Hall said, 'Move bitch,'" according to the report. "(The woman) thought he was just joking around, and she took Hall's beanie hat off his head. She said Hall said, 'I'm going to choke you out.' (The woman) said that before she knew what happened, Hall had one hand on her neck and he tightened his grip."  She told police Hall didn't stop until another person intervened. Police said they observed a red mark on the woman's neck.

Two other witnesses said they saw Hall choke the woman. She said only knew Hall from around the CU campus the last two years because she is on the track team and they are both athletes. She said interactions between them had always been cordial until that evening.

The woman was checked by paramedics but was not taken to the hospital.

Police said one of the officers had a body-mounted camera that recorded the encounter with Hall.

Hall is free on bond pending the filing of formal charges on Wednesday. His suspension from the football team was made by head coach Mike MacIntyre.

When contacted for comment by 7NEWS, Hall said, "I have no comment. Thank you."  

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