- A video shows Colorado cops fist-bumping and laughing while watching bodycam footage of an arrest.
- The officers are accused of breaking the 73-year-old woman’s arm during the arrest in June.
- The woman’s attorney alleges that she was not given medical attention for hours.
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Two Colorado police officers accused of breaking a woman’s arm during an arrest in June were caught on tape fist-bumping and laughing while watching bodycam footage of the arrest.
The officers, Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali of the Loveland Police Department, are accused of dislocating 73-year-old Karen Garner’s shoulder and fracturing her arm while arresting her outside a Walmart on June 26.
On Monday, Garner’s lawyer, Sarah Schielke, uploaded a 14-minute video on YouTube showing the officers’ bodycam footage of the arrest and clips from a surveillance camera in the department’s booking area on the same day. In the surveillance footage, officers can be seen celebrating as they review the bodycam footage.
Garner, who has dementia, had left the Walmart with about $14 worth of stolen items, including a bottle of soda and a candy bar, The Associated Press reported.
The bodycam video shows two officers approaching Garner. One can be seen grabbing Garner, pushing her to the ground, and pinning her against a patrol car as she tells him repeatedly that she’s going home.
“After a short struggle, she’s now detained,” the officer can be heard saying.
In the surveillance video, an officer, identified as Hopp, can be heard laughing as he watches footage of the arrest and saying, “Ready for the pop?” He was likely referring to the moment when Garner’s arm popped as he pinned her against the car.
The officers can also be heard speculating about whether Garner was “senile.”
“How do you think it went?” Jalali asks Hopp after fist-bumping him. Hopp replies that he thought it “went great” and that they “crushed it.”
Schielke filed a lawsuit on April 14 accusing Hopp, Jalali, and Philip Metzler, another Loveland police officer, of violating Garner’s civil rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit alleges that the officers broke Garner’s arm and that they failed to provide her medical and mental-health care while holding her at the station.
Schielke said in one of the videos that Garner had been left in the cell “alone, confused” and “in pain” for hours before her family was contacted.
On Sunday, Schielke filed an amended complaint that accused two additional officers, Antolina Hill and Tyler Blackett, of not intervening to ensure that Garner received medical attention.
A Loveland Police Department spokesman told Insider that Hopp, Jalali, Meltzer, and Blackett had been placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation. The spokesman did not say why Hill had not been put on administrative leave.
“The criminal inquiry was ordered by 8th Judicial District Attorney, and will be conducted by the DA and an outside police agency – Fort Collins, Colorado, Police Department. Loveland police chief Bob Ticer advocated for the criminal investigation, in consultation with the DA and other police agencies,” the spokesman said.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported on Monday that the department initially said it had not received a complaint about the arrest and had no knowledge of any excessive force used.