Ex-Cops Face Charges in Rough Arrest of Woman, 73

Arrest warrants have been issued for Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2021 2:53 PM CDT
Ex-Cops Charged in Arrest of Woman With Dementia
This photo provided by Allisa Swartz, shows Karen Garner, a 73-year-old Colorado woman with dementia, whose family is suing Loveland, Colo., and three of its police officers over her arrest in June 2020.   (Allisa Swartz via AP, File)

Two former officers involved in the rough arrest of a 73-year-old Colorado woman with dementia last year will face criminal charges, online court documents showed Wednesday. Arrest warrants have been issued for Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali over the June 2020 arrest in Loveland, a city about 50 miles north of Denver, the AP reports. Hopp is facing charges of second-degree assault and attempting to influence a public servant. Jalali is facing charges of failing to report a use of force, failing to intervene, and official misconduct. They were among three officers who resigned last month after a federal lawsuit filed by the woman's family triggered anger in the community and two independent investigations.

Hopp arrested Garner after she left a store without paying for about $14 worth of items. His body camera footage shows him catching up to her as she walked through a field. After she turned away from him, he quickly grabbed her arm and pushed the 80-pound woman to the ground. She suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to the lawsuit. An outside investigative team has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce the results of a review of the arrest.The outcry over how the woman was treated comes amid a national reckoning over use of force by police, including against people with mental and physical health conditions.

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