Three Colorado cops involved in the brutal arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia — and later seen laughing and joking about the incident — have resigned, police said Friday.
Loveland Officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali and Community Services Officer Tyler Blackett stepped down over the June 2020 arrest of Karen Garner, Police Chief Robert Ticer said during a news conference.
“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.
Body camera footage allegedly showed Hopp forcing the 80-pound woman to the ground and Jalali slamming her against a police car, after she walked out of a Walmart without paying for about $14 worth of items. Blackett helped transport Garner to the station.
Video released by Garner’s lawyer showed the cops laughing and joking about roughing up the woman — who reportedly suffered severe bruising, a broken elbow and a dislocated arm.
The lawyer who represents Garner and her family said the department has a toxic culture — and that Ticer should have turned in his badge as well.
“It’s this attitude of arrogance and entitlement, and frivolity taken in the use of force on its citizens and complete disregard for the people they’re policing,” Sarah Schielke said.
Schielke also called on the supervisory sergeant and another sergeant who approved of the use of force against the dementia patient to be fired.
Outside investigators are now looking into whether criminal charges should be filed against the disgraced officers.
With Post wires