Colorado Cops Beat Up A 73-Year-Old Woman With Dementia And Broke Her Arm, Allegedly

  • A Lawsuit claims that an Officer violently assaulted 73 year old Karen Garner “without provocation” as she was walking home from Walmart.
  • Garner, who is 5 feet tall and 80 pounds, suffered a broken upper arm and dislocated shoulder during the arrest, along with several other injuries.
  • Court documents also allege that Garner was held at department headquarters for several hours while crying out in pain, and was “denied access to medical care for her injuries afterward.”

Sky Palma from Rawstory writes:

“A law office has filed a lawsuit over the arrest last summer of a 73-year-old Colorado woman who suffers from dementia — an arrest that Karen Garner’s attorney said was “a nightmare,” the Times-Call reports.

The lawsuit alleges excessive force was used by Loveland Police Department officers Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Sgt. Phil Metzler. Garner, who is 5 feet tall and 80 pounds, suffered a broken upper arm and dislocated shoulder during the arrest, along with other injuries. 

The lawsuit says that on June 26, 2020, Officer Hopp “violently assaulted Garner without provocation” as she was walking home from a Walmart in east Loveland. Garner, who the suit says suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia, which impairs her ability to communicate and understand, left the store without paying for $13.38 worth of items. When employees tried to stop her at the exit, she refused to pay for the items.

Garner was stopped by Hopp as she walked home. When she signaled that she did not understand him, the lawsuit says Hopp restrained Garner and “violently assaulted her, twisting her arms behind her back, throwing her to the ground and handcuffing her.”

Jalali then assisted Hopp with the arrest. Metzler, who later appeared on scene, approved of the arrest, the lawsuit says, and allowed Garner to be “denied access to medical care for her injuries afterward,”

Court documents also allege that Garner was held at department headquarters for several hours while crying out in pain…”

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