Three more Officers on leave over arrest of woman, 73, with Dementia

Disgusting. Don’t have faith that any one of those officers will be prosecuted:

Two more Loveland, Colorado, police officers and a sergeant were placed on administrative leave after the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia — an encounter that is now the focus of a criminal investigation.

Officer Austin Hopp was placed on leave earlier this month after a federal lawsuit accused him and a second officer of injuring Karen Garner during the June 26, 2020, arrest, which was captured on body camera video.

Garner suffered a dislocated shoulder, fractured arm and sprained wrist after she was slammed to the ground, hogtied and then placed in the back of a police car, according to the suit.

She was walking home when she was stopped for allegedly trying to steal $13.88 worth of items from a Walmart. Garner’s attorney, Sarah Schielke, said her client has dementia and sensory aphasia, which impairs her ability to verbally communicate with people or understand others’ communications.

Schielke said because of the dementia Garner forgot to pay for the items, which were retrieved by Walmart employees.


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