Three Colorado cops involved in the brutal arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia — and later seen laughing and joking about the incident — have resigned, police said Friday.
Loveland Officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali and Community Services Officer Tyler Blackett stepped down over the June 2020 arrest of Karen Garner, Police Chief Robert Ticer said during a news conference.
Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Tyler Blackett all stepped down because of the 2020 incident.
“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud. We failed and we are very sorry for that,” Ticer said.
Karen Garner has battled with dementia.
Body camera footage allegedly showed Hopp forcing the 80-pound woman to the ground and Jalali slamming her against a police car, after she walked out of a Walmart without paying for about $14 worth of items. Blackett helped transport Garner to the station.
A lawyer for Karen Garner said Police