TWO Colorado cops whose violent arrest last year of a dementia-stricken elderly woman was caught on bodycam are now facing criminal charges.
Former Loveland Police officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali are facing multiple criminal counts for their actions.
Former Loveland cop Austin Hopp and fellow former officer Daria Jalali face criminal charges for a 2020 arrest where 73-year-old Karen Garner’s shoulder was dislocatedCredit: Sarah Shiekle/Life and Liberty Law Office
The police officers were fired after the bodycam of the arrest and CCTV footage of them giggling and fist-bumping following the booking of GarnerCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
Karen Garner and her family filed an excessive force lawsuit accusing former Loveland Police Officer Austin Hopp of dislocating her shoulder during her arrestCredit: AP
Hopp was hit with assault, attempting to influence a public servant and official misconduct.
His reported romantic interest and fellow former officer Jalali who assisted Hopp to cuff 73-year-old Karen Garner – was charged with failing to report use of force, failing to intervene and official misconduct, the Associated Press reported.
“I fully support these charges,” Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer repeated twice during a press conference on Wednesday.
“We accept and fully understand the district attorney’s decision to pursue criminal charges against these individuals and we will continue to cooperate with this investigation.”
The 73-year-old woman with dementia was walking on the shoulder of a highway before she was tackled and wounded during a violent arrestCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
Former Loveland Police Officer Austin Hopp allegedly dislocated 73-year-old’s arm while attempting to bring her into custodyCredit: Loveland Police Department/Facebook
Officer Hopp’s bodycam showed Garner being aggressively tackled to the ground as she kept repeating she was heading homeCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
Garner’s daughter, Allisa Swartz appeared at a press conference and spoke about the cruelty the cops showed when the recording of them mocking her mom who was in agonizing pain.
“You can see in the video how they’re laughing at my mom,” Swartz said, according to the AP.
“I feel like they think that they are above the law, and they are the ones who are supposed to be protecting all of us. I just want justice for my mom.”
Former Loveland Police Officer Daria Jalali arrived to assist Officer HoppCredit: Sarah Shiekle/Life and Liberty Law Office
Jalali can be seen in the bodycam video pinning helping Hopp to pin Garner to the police carCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
The criminal case against the pair comes after Hopp and Jalali, as well as community service officer Tyler Blackett, terminated their employment with the Loveland Police Department in Colorado when a federal lawsuit was filed last month.
The “excessive force” lawsuit detailed how the aggressive conduct seen on the bodycam video from the June 26, 2020 arrest caused Garner to suffer a fractured upper arm and dislocated shoulder along with other injuries.
Hopp, 26, and Jalali, 27, were reportedly in a romantic relationship.
Soon after the lawsuit was filed, Ticer showed contrition.
The injured 73-year-old was forced to suffer for two hours in a jail cellCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
Garner was visibly bruised and wounded following the June 26, 2020 arrestCredit: Sarah Shiekle/Life and Liberty Law Office
An arm fracture Garner is believed to have suffered at the hands of arresting Loveland police officersCredit: Sarah Shiekle/Life and Liberty Law Office
“We failed, and we are very sorry for that.”
“What you saw on the video was not the Loveland Police Department. It hurt to see that,” he added.
On the day of the encounter, Hopp pursued a visibly disoriented Karen Garner while she was walking on a highway shoulder after fleeing a Walmart where she had failed to pay for $13.38 worth of items.
The bodycam footage shows Hopp chase down Garner, who is 5ft tall and weighs just 80 pounds, and tackle her to the ground as she shouts: “I’m going home.”
The former police officers enjoy themselves while reviewing the aggressive tactics against the 73-year-old womanCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
Garner then can be heard saying, “Don’t do that!” as Hopp yanks her arm behind her back and orders her to stay “on the ground”.
After keeping her pinned down, Hopp appears to announce for purposes of documenting the bodycam evidence: “After a short struggle, she is now detained.”
The woman is then seen being pushed against the cop car as she once again screams, “I’m going home.”
The officer in the frame is Jalali who tells Garner to “Quit it” as she pulls her arm behind her back.
It was discovered that the officers were romantically involved and living together even while Officer Hopp was still marriedCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
A violent snapping sound can be heard when Hopp assists and pushes Garner’s arm as she shrieks in pain.
Garner is then seen collapsing to the ground as Jalali tells her: “Stand up, we’re going to hold you.”
A concerned passerby is then heard off-camera pulling over and calling out to the cops: “Do you have to use that much aggression?”
Hopp dismisses the driver saying, “Get out of here, this is not your business.”
Sgt. Phil Metzler is the next Loveland cop to arrive on the scene, approving the arrest and reportedly ordering that Garner “be denied access to medical care for her injuries afterward.”
Both cops were fired and they’re not facing criminal prosecution for the incidentCredit: The Life & Liberty Law Office
He then asked Hopp and Jalali: “Are you guys all good?”
Jalali appeared to ruefully brush off the dustup: “A little muddy, a little bloody, that’s how it works.”
She then confirmed the blood belongs to Garner.
The cops then took Garner into custody, where she was allegedly held for hours before her injuries were tended to.
That’s when another video clip showed the uniformed duo snickering and fist-bumping as they watched Hopp’s bodycam video of the bust.
Other photos spread of the pair living together at Jalali’s home, when Hopp was still married.
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