A video released this week shows Colorado police officers laughing at footage of their department’s roadside arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia.
The woman, Karen Garner of Loveland, Colo., walked out of a Walmart last year without paying for $13.88 worth of items. Police officers broke a bone in her arm and dislocated her shoulder, according to a lawsuit she filed against the city and the officers.
In the newly released footage, an hourlong video uploaded to YouTube by the law firm representing Ms. Garner, three Loveland police officers laugh while they watch footage of Ms. Garner’s arrest.
“Hear the pop?” one officer says.
“What did you pop?” asks another.
“I think it was her shoulder,” the first officer responds.
a statement last week, the department said that it was investigating the episode, and that the arresting officer had been placed on administrative leave. An officer who assisted in the arrest and an “on-scene supervisor” were reassigned to administrative duties, the department said.
“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,” the department said.
said that it had learned of the allegations of “excessive use of force and serious bodily injury” the day before and had not received any previous complaints about the arrest.
The department said it had placed Officer Hopp on administrative leave. Officer Jalali and Sergeant Metzler were put on desk duty.