Arresting Officer, Others Resign After Allergic Says They Celebrated Violent Arrest of 73-Year-Old Woman with Dementia

Three police officials resigned after they and the city of Loveland, Colorado were sued on the rough arrest of 73-year-old Karen Garner, who a litigation claims has cortical dementia. The now-former officials comprise Austin Hopp, who was the arresting officer during the June 26, 2020 incident; Daria Jalali, who was the second on the scene; and community support officer Tyler Blackett, who is being sued for allegedly ignoring the plaintiff’s injuries.
“Actions of all [Loveland Police Department] officials in connection with Garner’s arrest are subject to a criminal investigation under the authority of the 8th Judicial District Attorney and being conducted by Fort Collins Police Services,” the department said in a statement obtained by Law&Crime. Documents, video footage and other documents produced and published in connection with the Karen Garner detain and its aftermath will be considered by investigators from the District Attorney and Fort Collins Police Services, chosen through mutual agreement to direct the investigation.”
According to the lawsuit, Garner forgot to cover $13.88 for goods at Walmart due to her condition. Employees stopped her in the entrance. They refused to let her cover.
As seen on movie, Hopp confronted Garner on the face of the street. The officer took her into the floor and handcuffed her. He picked up her, bent her over the hood of the automobile, and twisted her arm.
“Are you done?” He said. “Are you done? We don’t play with this game. You know me? If you try to kick me, oh, this is going to be awful.”
The lawsuit stated he fractured and dislocated her knee.
A male bystander was disturbed that he predicted Hopp, but also the officer dismissed his concerns.
“See, you don’t understand the entire situation,” said Hopp. “That is the thing.”
Police channel surveillance footage, that was released following the body cam footage, showed Hopp, Jalali, and an officer identified in an amended complaint since Blackett bantering about the arrest, fist-bumping concerning it, and viewing body cam footage in enjoyment. Hopp repeatedly pointed out there was a”pop.”
“Did you listen to the soda?” He said. “When I had her pushed against the vehicle once you first got there? I was like,’Alright, you are gont perform ,’ and that I was pushing, pushing, pushing, and now that I hear’popup,’ I was like’Oh, no.'”
Hopp sounded somewhat more serious while expressing concern that Garner was”senile.” Even during the arrest, he chased the struggle of wrestling with Garner, saying she weighed”like 20 lbs.”
Blackett and Sgt. Antolina Hill were inserted into an amended complaint on Sunday. Citing surveillance footage, the plaintiff’s legal group says the officers were aware of Garner’s accidents but did not summon help. Supervising officer Sgt. Philip Metzler was named in the first lawsuit; he was accused of helping cover up what occurred and assisting deny Garner accessibility to medical attention.
[Screengrab via Loveland Police Department]
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