The Colorado police officers who violently arrested a 73-year-old woman with dementia, dislocating her shoulder and fracturing her wrist over an unpaid Walmart grocery bill, laughed about the incident as they watched back the body camera footage, video released Monday by the woman’s lawyer s
Attorney Sarah Schielke released the nearly hour-long booking video to YouTube in which Loveland Police Department (LPD) officers Austin Hopp and Darla Jalali are seen watching back the footage as the woman, Karen Garner, sat handcuffed to a bench in a nearby cell.
Though the LPD said they were not aware Garner was injured during the June arrest until a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed earlier this month, Hopp is heard saying to Jalali and another officer watching the footage,“Ready for the pop?”
Hopp was placed on administrative leaveafter Garner’s family filed an excessive-force lawsuit against the Loveland Police Department earlier this month, while Jalali, who was an assisting officer at the scene, has been reassigned to desk duties.
Food for Thought
The alarming rate that we see police altercation’s escalate to injuries, or deaths in American culture have been polarizing. Can we turn a blind eye to this issue. While police officers go unpunished laughing about the victimization of the elderly go unchecked. There is nothing human about these encounters, police officer are supposed to serve and protect our streets. I don’t want to think what would’ve happened if this person was of a certain color. If that were the case the civilian might have been dead from resisting. We must speak to protect our mentality I’ll and our underserved communities better. Food for Thought!