Disclaimer: This article contains footage that some may find upsetting.
Loveland Police Department is facing a hefty lawsuit after one of their police officers forcibly arrested a seventy-three-year-old dementia sufferer, dislocating her shoulder in the process.
Here's the full story...
Now, police brutality has long been an issue here in the states.
For too long, our law enforcement has been riddled with unnecessary force and violence, particularly among minority communities.
Our police officers are supposed to be protecting us...
But, sadly, there are a select few who instead choose to abuse their power and privilege, rather than use it for the better.
Countless lives have been lost at the hands of police brutality...
George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are just 2 of the lives needlessly lost at the hands of violent police officers.
Thankfully, the latest victim of police brutality lived to tell the tale...
But suffered a dislocated shoulder in the process.
Seventy-three-year-old Karen Garner of Loveland, Colorado, was arrested by officers in June last year.
Garner, who suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia - conditions that impair her ability to communicate and understand - had walked out of her local Walmart without paying for a candy bar, a can of Pepsi, and a t-shirt, a haul totaling $13.38.
Assuming she was shoplifting, staff had called the cops, who quickly tracked Garner down along the side of a road.
However, upon confronting the elderly woman - who, might I add, showed no signs of aggression - the police officers acted with sickening force and violence.
Upon watching the bodycam footage from the incident, people have been left completely outraged.
These LEOs represented abuse of power and straight up bullying. There needs to be better screening of police candidates and better training. And more accountability. To handle that elderly woman that way was sickening.— The Nancer #BLM (@TheNancer212) April 16, 2021
Karen Garner weighs 80 pounds— Chris Vanderveen (@chrisvanderveen) April 15, 2021
Is five feet tall.
She suffered dislocated shoulder, broken bone and sprained wrist during arrest, according to lawsuit
She repeatedly tried to tell officer, "I'm going home"
She was two blocks away from home pic.twitter.com/qGpFWivA5x
You don’t need more “mental health training” to treat people like human beings. Excessive force implies that force was required to begin with. It wasn’t.— Bruno Drundridge (@8runoDrundridge) April 16, 2021
Sickening.— Phillip Docherty (@DochertyPhillip) April 16, 2021
JFC. I can't bring myself to watch the video. Enough.— Annabelle Gardener (@Etoiledujardin) April 15, 2021
Very sad these officers need training... this woman needs to bectaken care of.— Clif Kimpson (@ClifKimp) April 15, 2021
This could be my mother! Police are out of control and trained in all the wrong things.— Flovarian 😷 NaMASKé 😷 ThisMachineBreaksFascism (@vanillagrrl) April 15, 2021
The footage showed Garner being forced to the floor with her arm twisted behind her back...
Before being roughly handcuffed by who has now been identified as Loveland Police officer, Austin Hopp.
Garner was visibly distressed as she was arrested...
And could be heard screaming, "I'm going home!" as officer Hopp and assisting officer, Daria Jalali, hauled her into the back of their vehicle.
Upon arrival at the police station, Garner was carried out of the car, still handcuffed and visibly upset.
It was later found that she had suffered from a dislocated shoulder and a fractured arm as a result of the forcible arrest.
Garner was taken into custody following her roadside arrest and was reportedly held for hours without medical attention, despite verbalizing that she was in pain.
Photos taken afterwards show Garner with a severely bruised and swollen arm.
Now, nearly a year on from the incident, Loveland Police have been slapped with a federal lawsuit for their officers' actions against Garner.
According to a press release from attorney Sarah Schielke, the Life and Liberty Law Office filed the lawsuit and initiated the case Wednesday, alleging excessive use of force against the department and officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali, and Sgt. Phil Metzler for the arrest of Karen Garner on June 26th, 2020.
The lawsuit states that Hopp had "violently assaulted Garner without provocation."
Responding to the suit, Loveland Police said in a statement:
"LPD takes very seriously the allegations concerning the arrest of resident Karen Garner, and shares with the community the concerns about video images that became public on Wednesday."
You can watch the damning footage for yourself below.
The lawsuit continues.