Colorado Police Officers Who Manhandled, Mocked 73-Year-Old Woman with Dementia Resign

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Three Loveland, Colorado police officers who manhandled and mocked a 73-year-old woman with dementia have resigned.

Officers Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Community Services Officer Tyler Blackett all stepped down, Police Chief Robert Ticer said during a news conference Friday.

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“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud. We failed and we are very sorry for that,” Ticer said.

Horrifying bodycam video released recently shows two Colorado police officers manhandling a 73-year-old woman with dementia after she tried to shoplift $13 worth of groceries from a Walmart last June.

Karen Garner, 73, only weighs 80 pounds but she was manhandled and body-slammed by police officers, causing her to fracture her elbow and dislocate her arm.

Officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali arrested Garner on June 26, 2020 after she walked out of a Walmart with a candy bar, a can of Pepsi and a t-shirt without paying.

Walmart recovered the items and did not lose any money.

New video released this week by the attorney for Karen Garner’s family shows officers laughing and fist-bumping over video of Garner sitting in her cell crying in pain from her injuries.

‘Ready for the pop?’ Hopp said referring to Garner’s arm dislocating.

When an unnamed officer asked, “What popped?” Hopp replied: “I think it was her shoulder.”

“I can’t believe I threw a 73-year-old on the ground,” Hopp said.

Attorney Sarah Schielke on Monday filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the Garner family nearly one year after the violent arrest.

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