Cop accused of dislocating shoulder of 73-year-old woman with dementia

James Marshall
April 28, 2021

The attorney for a 73-year-old dementia patient has released surveillance video showing Loveland, Colorado, police officers laughing as they reviewed body camera footage of the arrest of her client - who was later hospitalized for her injuries.

Later in the video, as officers begin watching, Jalali, who assisted in the arrest, says body camera footage is "like live TV".

The two officers laughed and even fist bumped each other over the successful arrest, during which they dislocated the woman's shoulder trying to handcuff her.

The officers, identified as Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali, were filmed speaking about the arrest with Mr Hopp saying he believes they "crushed it" while giving his fellow officer a fist bump. Officer Hopp responds, "This is great".

Her family says she left without paying out of confusion.

The video released by Garner's attorney earlier this month and video released Monday allege the officers used excessive force on Garner in taking to the ground, injuring her arm and shoulder and getting her into the patrol auto. He then makes another reference to the popping sound, telling the female officer that "I was pushing, pushing, pushing".

When the male officer asked what popped, Hopp replies, "I think it was her shoulder".

At the time, Garner was in a holding cell a few feet away, handcuffed to a bench. "She would ultimately go over six hours without any medical attention".

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According to a YouTube transcription of the video, Hopp then asks, "Are you ready for the pop?" as Jalali covers her ears.

The lawsuit states the arrest violated the Americans with Disabilities Act as Garner also suffers from sensory aphasia, a condition which impairs her ability to communicate and understand what other people are saying.

On the police station video, Hopp says he is a little anxious that Garner is "like senile and stuff".

After she walks away from the officers, she is thrown to the ground, handcuffed, shoved face down on the bonnet of the police vehicle and has her legs tied together with a hobble.

According to a news release from the Loveland Police Department prior to the surveillance footage being released, Hopp has been placed on administrative leave pending the department's investigation of the incident.

The department did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News but told KDVR that all matters of Garner's arrest are subject to a criminal investigation, "ordered by the 8th Judicial District Attorney and conducted by Fort Collins Police Services".

In a statement, the department said it takes the allegations of excessive force seriously "and shares with the community the concerns about video images that became public on Wednesday". "LPD has faith in the due process that this investigation allows for". It's not clear whether Hopp has an attorney and attempts to reach Jalali and Blackett were unsuccessful.

Sarah Schielke, the lawyer representing Ms Garner, said: "If I didn't release this (surveillance footage in the police station), 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".

As they continue to watch the footage, the same officer says: "I love it".

The second male officer watching the footage and a sergeant who signed off on the paperwork the officers were filling out while they watched the body camera video are also defendants in Garner's lawsuit.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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