Police Abuse

Colorado Cops Injured a 73-Year-Old Woman With Dementia, Then Joked About It On Video

"Ready for the pop?"

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Police officers in Loveland, Colorado, violently arrested a 73-year-old woman with dementia and allegedly dislocated her shoulder. Then they watched body camera footage of the incident and joked about it, as video released today by the woman's attorney shows.

Surveillance video from the booking area of the Loveland Police Department shows three officers reviewing the footage of the June 26, 2020, arrest of Karen Garner.

"Ready for the pop?" an officer in the video, identified by Garner's attorneys as Austin Hopp, says to the other officer as they watch the footage.

"What'd you pop?" another officer asks.

"I think it was her shoulder," Hopp responds.

Garner filed a lawsuit on April 14 alleging that Hopp fractured her arm and dislocated her shoulder after stopping her for allegedly shoplifting $13.88 worth of items from Walmart.

According to the lawsuit, Garner suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia, which makes it difficult for her to communicate and understand other people. Garner was walking home and picking wildflowers. She didn't initially respond to Hopp's commands to stop and appeared not to understand him.

"I don't think you want to play it this way," Hopp said as she continued to walk away from him. "Do you need to be arrested right now?"

Body camera footage of the incident, released with the lawsuit, shows Hopp then throwing a disoriented and confused Garner to the ground while twisting her arm behind her. "I'm going home," Garner yells.

The Loveland Police Department has placed Hopp on administrative leave and reassigned Daria Jalali, another officer named in the lawsuit, to administrative duties while it investigates the incident. 

The local district attorney also announced last week that his office is investigating the incident for possible criminal charges.

"I hate it," Jalali says as they watch the body camera footage together.

"I love it," Hopp responds.

"I can't believe I threw a 73-year-old on the ground," Hopp says elsewhere in the video.

Garner's lawsuit alleges she did not receive medical care for more than six hours after her arrest.

Loveland police chief Bob Ticer told the Loveland Reporter-Herald last week that police officials did not learn about Garner's injuries until the lawsuit was filed.

"These videos cannot be unseen or unheard. I am sorry to have to share them with the public," Sarah Schielke, Garner's attorney, said in a statement released with the booking video. "But as it often goes with bad police departments, it seems this is the only way to make them change. They have to be exposed. If I didn't release this, the Loveland Police's toxic culture of arrogance and entitlement, along with their horrific abuse of the vulnerable and powerless, would carry on, business as usual."

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

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  1. So will various Loveland, CO ministers be fanning out into the community in order to urge people to keep calm?

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    2. Based on what I can see in the picture, the fact there’s no riots mostly peaceful protests going on over this in Loveland, and the fact that even though I live in the Denver area – not too far from where this happened – yet this is the first I’m hearing of it, I think it’s safe to assume she doesn’t have enough melanin in her skin for anyone to give a shit.

      1. White people don’t riot when a white person is abused by the police; and black lives only matter when they’re actually abused or killed by the police.

        The fact this happened in Loveland is more surprising than anything else. Aurora or Denver, sure.

        1. I live in Loveland and this has happened before. The city paid 250k in another shoulder displacement a year before this. The police really do not care only us taxpayers will be punished.

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  2. Heros.

  3. Where’s the protestors?

    1. There was a “Dementia Lives Matter” protest scheduled, but everyone forgot about it.

      1. That’s a well-hit ball, it’s going, going …. GONE!

        Congratulations.

    2. This happened last June. Us citizens of loveland will just get the privilege of paying for the lawsuit. This isn’t even the first time another 250k was paid to a man arrested and injured for refusing to talk to police.

      https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/06/23/loveland-man-sues-police-claiming-excessive-force-false-arrest/3238531001/

  4. What, no riot coverage?

  5. I’m going to have to see 23 and me genealogy reports on everyone involved before I decide whether to care.

  6. Working with the mentally ill and those with otherwise reduced cognition is very hard. I hope this could have been handled better, particularly at 73 years old, I imagine they could have simply been less rough with her. Though that’s a general improvement needed for certain police interactions. It’s hard though, working with the mentally ill is hard and it’s a common thing. I’ve seen suggestions of specific training for these things, but I’m not clear on the efficacy of them yet.
    Was this woman homeless? She mentioned going home, but I’m not clear if this means she was being taken care of. If so, they probably need to not let her go out unassisted. If not, this raises another big question of mental health care in our nation. As a libertarian type, this is an issue I have a hard time with and haven’t really come to a solid stance on yet. I just don’t know.

    Finally, the cops laughing at the video is cruel, but also I get it. I get gallows humor. I think a lot of attention is going to be put on that, but that’s not really the significant issue here. Maybe he does need to be gotten rid of if he seriously has a thing for hurting people, but the context hasn’t made that clear to me.

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    1. Meh. I get gallows humor and all, but I’m just gonna “err” on the side of firing their asses and hoping they die in a fire, personally.

      Besides, they’re damaged goods, and once the tape gets out their credit and reputation are totally shot, so it’s too late, anyway. *shrugs*

      1. Besides, they’re damaged goods

        This. Maybe at one point this cop was a decent, reasonably caring person and the job hardened him into an uncaring psychopath, but if that’s the case he shouldn’t get to be a cop anymore. And if he was always an uncaring psychopath who liked hurting people, then it’s a good thing he got found out before he killed someone. Either way, he shouldn’t be a cop.

        1. He’s a copy of his father.

    2. “but I’m not clear on the efficacy of them yet.” OK, we’ll wait for your analysis before taking any action.

    3. She forgot to pay at Walmart, offered to pay, then walked home. The prosecutor saw this and dropped the case immediately this was just because she failed to obey the cop and was punished for it. Obey you overlords or else. Until the lawsuit was filed nobody was punished, there is no way they did not know they had broken her arm.

      Even now paid administrative leave sounds more like a vacation to me.

      1. With the caveat being you’re not in charge of when it ends and it could end your job as well.

        But 5-10 years ago and further back, it was leave because they never got fired. Today it’s a toss up, but doesn’t look good for the officer at this point and certainly doesn’t look good for the 73-year old.

    4. I’ve read that “I wanna go home” is one of the most frequent things people with dementia. No place feels safe, and they want to get back to what they know – and sometimes that’s actually the home they’ve been living in for a long time.

  7. LOL. Investigate? What is there to “investigate”? You got the tape, you fucking morons. Just blow their goddamn heads off and be done with it.

  8. Don’t want to be arrested like a thug, don’t have dementia like a thug.

    Seriously though, what a fucking scumbag.

  9. “Garner suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia”

    So why the hell was she out and about at Wallyworld and picking daisies all by her lonesome!

    1. She thought it was election day.

  10. “Ready for the pop?” an officer in the video, identified by Garner’s attorneys as Austin Hopp, says to the other officer as they watch the footage.

    “I love it,” Hopp responds.

    “I can’t believe I threw a 73-year-old on the ground,” Hopp says elsewhere in the video.

    I have no problem believing this sociopath threw a 73 year old on the ground. Maybe what he really meant was “I can’t believe I got to throw a 73-year-old on the ground.” I’m pretty sure elder abuse is probably one of the squares on the official d-bag cop bingo card.

    But now, onto the really important question, possibly the only question that matters: what color was her skin? I can’t know how to feel about this story until I know that. /sarc

  11. “I love it,” Hopp responds.

    They say if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life. Hopefully this guy won’t work another day with any kind of authority over another human being.

    1. “Nervous laughing” will continue to be funny until President Harris does it in reply to a war threat and gets us nuked.

  12. “The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops.” ~Robert Higgs
    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn , The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
    “The great masses of men, though theoretically free, are seen to submit supinely to oppression and exploitation of a hundred abhorrent sorts. Have they no means of resistance? Obviously they have. The worst tyrant, even under democratic plutocracy, has but one throat to slit. The moment the majority decided to overthrow him he would be overthrown. But the majority lacks the resolution; it cannot imagine taking the risks.” ~ H. L. Mencken (1926). “Notes on Democracy,” p. 50, Alfred A. Knopf

    1. She really was not arrested for anything. She walked out of Walmart without paying, clearly confused in that video also. The products were returned and she offered to pay for them then left.

      She just refused, or did not understand, the officers demand to talk to him so he got even. Note in the video he never said why she was being arrested or what charge.

      This isn’t even the first time loveland police have arrested somebody for their fifth amendment right. https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/06/23/loveland-man-sues-police-claiming-excessive-force-false-arrest/3238531001/

  13. Thankfully, these strong-armed tactics, while possibly uncomfortable to watch, nip crime in the bud so that more serious events, such as mass murder at a movie theatre or a school, never happen in Colorado.

  14. Sarah Schielke kicks some ass.: “If I didn’t release this, the Loveland Police’s toxic culture of arrogance and entitlement, along with their horrific abuse of the vulnerable and powerless, would carry on, business as usual.”

    1. She got 250k for a previous abuse case. I imagine as a local taxpayer this will be a bigger payout I get to contribute to.

      https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/06/23/loveland-man-sues-police-claiming-excessive-force-false-arrest/3238531001/

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  18. A.C.A.B.
    All
    Cops
    Are
    Bureaucrats

    “A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief. A holder of little authority in which he delights. Who can trust such creatures?” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history, mankind has been bullied by scum.” ~ PJ O’Rourke

    The “It’s just one bad cop, and no one hates a bad cop like a good cop.” argument surely suffers from so many being involved, defending, and joking about these most heinous cases of police abuse.

  19. Hey! This the way you want to play it, dawg?!?! DO YOU? SHIT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL

    1. I see 3 officers resigned/fired/whatever

      But I thought 4 were placed on leave, so one is missing…

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