Colorado officers who violently arrested 73-year-old with dementia laughed about her injuries after, video shows

The Loveland police officers who violently arrested a 73-year-old woman with dementia laughed about the woman’s injuries afterward and congratulated themselves about the arrest, video released Monday by the woman’s lawyer shows.

Video of the Loveland Police Department booking area show the officers who made the arrest, Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali, re-watching body camera footage and laughing about the incident while the woman, Karen Garner, sat handcuffed to a bench in a nearby cell. The officers fractured Garner’s arm and dislocated her shoulder during the arrest, her family has said.

“Ready for the pop?” Hopp said to other officers while re-watching the body camera footage together.

“What popped?” another officer asked.

“I think it was her shoulder,” Hopp responded.

In the video from the booking area, Hopp can also be heard saying “I can’t believe I threw a 73-year-old on the ground” and saying he loved watching the body camera footage of his fight with the elderly woman.

Garner’s attorney, Sarah Schielke, said the video of the officers laughing about the incident was disgusting.

“These videos cannot be unseen or unheard,” she said.

Hopp approached Garner on June 26 after Walmart employees called police to report that Garner tried to walk out of the store with $13 of merchandise. Store employees made Garner leave the merchandise at the store. Garner’s family has said they believe Garner forgot to pay for the items and was confused.

Hopp found Garner walking home on a nearby road and took her to the ground within 30 seconds of contacting her after she refused to stop walking, body camera footage of the interaction shows. He then handcuffed her, forced her against his police cruiser and later used a hobble to restrain her feet.

The body camera footage, released April 14 after Garner’s family filed a federal lawsuit, has drawn national attention to the case. The Loveland police department placed Hopp on administrative leave and re-assigned Jalali to administrative duties while they investigated the incident. The Eighth Judicial District Attorney announced last week he will investigate whether the officers broke any criminal laws.

The video footage from inside the police station also show Hopp and Jalali discussing submitting the incident to BlueTeam, the use of force reporting system the department uses. Loveland police Chief Bob Ticer previously told the Loveland Reporter-Herald that department officials were not aware that Garner had been injured in the arrest until the lawsuit was filed, though both officers on scene and a responding sergeant acknowledged she was hurt.

Schielke on Monday added two more officers — Tyler Blackett and Antolina Hill — as defendants in the lawsuit, alleging they knew Garner was injured but did not provide her medical care while she was held in the booking cell. The federal lawsuit alleges Garner did not receive medical care for more than six hours after her arrest.

The Loveland Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

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