Officers Quit After Arrest of Woman With Dementia

Colorado police chief apologizes after worldwide reaction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2021 3:35 PM CDT
Violent Arrest of Woman With Dementia Brings Resignations
Karen Garner has filed a federal lawsuit over her arrest.   (Allisa Swartz via AP, File)

Three Colorado police officers involved in the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia, who was shown being pushed to the ground and handcuffed on body camera footage, have resigned. Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer announced the departures of officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali and Community Services officer Tyler Blackett in connection to the arrest of Karen Garner without providing details about how they left. But department spokesman Tom Hacker later confirmed they had resigned, the AP reports. Ticer noted that the treatment of Garner in the city about 50 miles north of Denver last year had led to an outpouring of concern and anger in the community, the country, and around the world, and he apologized.

"Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud," he said. "We failed, and we are very sorry for that." After Garner filed a federal lawsuit this month and her lawyer released body camera footage of her arrest, the department announced it was putting Hopp, the arresting officer, on leave. Jalali and Blackett were put on leave later, as was a sergeant. The sergeant remains on leave. The officers could not be reached for comment on Friday. Hopp, Jalali, and Blackett were seen on surveillance video released by Garner's lawyer watching Hopp's body camera footage while Garner sat handcuffed in a holding cell nearby. Garner's lawsuit said that her shoulder was dislocated during the arrest and that she did not receive medical care for about six hours after being taken to jail. (Officers laughed while watching the arrest video.)

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