Three Colorado Officers Resign After Arrest of 73 year-old Woman With Dementia

80 pound  Karen Garner

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Three officers who were involved in the arrest of Karen Garner last year have resigned from the Loveland Police Department. Police Chief Bob Ticer made the announcement on Friday morning that Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Tyler Blackett are no longer employed by his deparment, and he issued a public apology.

Three members of a Colorado police department have resigned after they arrested and booked a 73-year-old woman with dementia who was thrown to the ground and handcuffed after she was suspected of shoplifting, officials said on Friday.

The woman, Karen Garner, was pinned against a squad car, and her arm was twisted behind her back, breaking a bone and dislocating her shoulder during the roadside arrest in Loveland, Colo., last June, a lawsuit says.

Body-camera footage of the arrest and footage from Walmart security cameras that was released by Ms. Garner’s lawyer this month prompted widespread outrage, as did another video that showed three police officers laughing at a station as they watched the footage.

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She was arrested by Loveland Colorado police while walking home. Yes, you can actually hear the Officer Hopp dislocate-break her arm at 1:45 and then again a few seconds later.

“Ready for the pop? Here comes the pop,”arresting Officer  Hopp can be heard saying in the video at 48:30.

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