BY EWAN PALMER

Colorado attorney has has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an elderly woman with dementia who was aggressively arrested by police officers after she forgot to pay for items at Walmart

Karen Garner, 73, was arrested by Loveland Police on June 26, 2020 after Walmart employees noted that she left the
store with a candy bar, a can of Pepsi and a t-shirt totaling $13.38

Karen Garner, 73, was arrested by Loveland Police on June 26, 2020 after Walmart employees noted that she left the store with a candy bar, a can of Pepsi and a t-shirt totaling $13.38. 

Store employees had stopped her at the exit and retrieved the items after refusing to let her pay, the Greeley Tribune reports

‘A little muddy, a little bloody, that’s how it works!’ Garner appeared terrified during the arrest 

But as she later walked home, cops caught up with Garner, who appears visibly confused in police bodycam footage that captured the encounter. 

The officers in the bodycam vision have been identified as Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali.  

Officer Hopp is seen dragging Garner – who is five feet tall and weighs 80 pounds – to the ground as she screams ‘I’m going home’. 

Garner is subsequently seen being pushed up against the officers’ police car as she continues to wail ‘I’m going home!’

‘Quit it!’ Officer Jalali can be heard commanding as she pulls Garner’s arm behind her back.

Photos taken in the aftermath of the arrest show the elderly Garner with a severely bruised and swollen arm.
She also sustained a bloody nose

At that point, a snapping sound can be heard on the bodycam footage and Garner cries out in pain. 

Attorney Sarah Schielke from the Life and Liberty Law Office submitted the suit Wednesday, alleging Garner suffered ‘a fractured arm and a dislocated shoulder’ due to officers’ use of ‘excessive force’.     

In another portion of the video, a driver can be seen stopping to inquire about the arrest. 

A photograph of Garner’s severely bruised arm is seen above 

‘Do you have to use that much aggression?’ the passerby asks the cops. 

‘Get out of here! This is not your business!’ Officer Hopp replies. 

Soon after, a third officer arrives at the scene and asks ‘Are you guys all good?’

Garner (pictured in a photograph taken several years ago) suffers from dementia and was confused about what was going on 

‘A little muddy, a little bloody, that’s how it works!’  Officer Jalali before confirming the blood was from Garner. 

Garner was taken into custody where she was reportedly held for hours without medical attention, despite insisting she was in pain.  

Photos taken in the aftermath of the arrest show the elderly Garner with a severely bruised and swollen arm. She also sustained a bloody nose.  

‘It is a hard-to-watch video,’ Schielke told the Reporter-Herald. 

‘It is the opposite of community policing. I thought a lot about this case as I have prepared to file it, and on paper and in the legal pleading it is an excessive-force case. In reality when you watch the video, you see this is a torture case.’

The specific amount of damages Schielke is seeking on behalf of Garner is unclear. A judge is expected to set a court date in the coming days. 

Loveland Police have not made comment on the incident. The officers have not been disciplined over the arrest. 

A spokesperson for the Loveland Police Department told the Greeley Tribute that no complaint has arisen from the incident and that ‘disciplinary action could only come after the investigation of a complaint concludes.’

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