Three More Officers on Leave Following Video Showed Colorado Police Laughing About Arrest of 73-Year-Old Woman with Dementia

Three more Colorado police officers included in the arrest of 73-year-old Karen Garner have been put on administrative leave, the Loveland town director’s office confirmed to CNN Wednesday evening.
Officers using the Loveland Police Department at June 2020 detained Garner, who says that she lives with dementia, from the parking lot of a Walmart, leaving her with several injuries, including a broken humerus, sprained wrist, and a dislocated shoulder after she forgot to pay for $13.88 worth of items.
Body camera footage of this encounter appeared to demonstrate the arresting officer, Austin Hopp, catching Garner from underneath and pulling her arms behind her back in order to handcuff her from the grass and dirt while Garner screamed,”Don’t do that.” Garner, heard telling the officer he didn’t”get to act this way,” Hopp apparently yanked a mobile phone out of her hand and threw it at the bud and later caught her arm, twisting it behind her back as he bent her over the hood of his automobile.
Hopp was put on administrative leave before this month later Garner filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing him of being responsible for Garner’s accidents during the arrest. Still another officer involved in the encounter, Daria Jalali, was reassigned. The department asserted not to have beenn’t aware of the episode until Garner filed the suit.
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According to the suit, Garner had left to pay for the items because she resides with cortical dementia, which is characterized by the impairment of at least two brain purposes. She says she’s sensory aphasia, which the suit called an”inability to comprehend spoken, visual or written speech symbols which leads to damage to the region of the brain involved with language.”
Additional surveillance footage released this week intensified public backlash and brought additional disciplinary activity: The recently released video showed three Loveland Police Department officials –later identified as Hopp, Jalali, and Community Service Officer Tyler Blackett–laughing as they watched the entire body camera footage of Garner’s arrest. A couple of the officers gave each other a fist bulge during a conversation about hearing Garner’s shoulder”pop” during the arrest and voiced concern that she was”senile.”
All three officers had been put on administrative leave along with Sergeant Philip Metzler, that was Hopp and Jalali’s supervising officer when Garner was detained.
“We are pursuing every option to address issues raised through the lawsuit and the corresponding video footage,” Loveland City Manager Steve Adams told CNN. “These issues and future actions incorporate compulsory training on interacting with mentally ill taxpayers and compulsory training on recognizing Alzheimer’s and dementia in taxpayers.”
The section’s spokesperson Tom Hacker advised NBC affiliate KUSA which Blackett was at the booking place Garner was transported to after the arrest and engaged in her move to Larimer County Jail.
“It’s a vital thing for every person to understand that this is currently a criminal investigation,” Hacker said. “It’s one which LPD asked for, and the DA is taking it about Fort Collins Police, both operating on this [investigation] and we expect that this investigation extends expeditiously as possible and that we know of this outcome very soon.”