Colorado Police Breaks Arm of 73-Year Old Woman With Dementia After Slamming Her To The Ground, Hog-Ties Her While She’s Picking Flowers

Posted by Sama in News On 24th April 2021
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A shameful incident reported in Colorado where police thought that the best way to handle a 73-year old woman who didn't pay her Walmart bill was to slam her to the ground and hogtie her and manhandle her so badly that she gets injured in the process. The case has now been taken to the Federal court and is currently under investigation.

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A recent Federal lawsuit that has gained media attention recently is one of the shameful acts by Colorado police who decided to hogtie a 73-year old woman with dementia after she didn't pay $13.88 from her Walmart shopping.

According to the lawsuit, the woman didn't pay and as a result, she was manhandled and thrown to the ground by the police who injured her in the process.

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According to CBS Denver, the suit alleges “excessive use of force” in the June 26, 2020 shoplifting arrest of Karen Garner. The Life & Liberty Law Office, representing Garner in the suit, painted a picture of someone who was not at all prepared for how the police treated her in the arrest.

Her legal team contends, according to the article, “that she suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia, which impairs her ability to verbally communicate and understand others’ communications.” They also pointed out she’s just five feet tall and only weighs 80 pounds.

They also note that on the day of the arrest, “she was walking through a field picking wildflowers” when one of the officers named in the suit called her out to talk to him.

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The bodycam footage released shows the arresting police officer, identified as Austin Hopp, announces, “I don’t think you want to play it this way” to Garner as he gets out of his car around the :36 mark.

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By the :48 mark, Hopp has caught up to Garner, who appears confused by his request to stop. He mentions that she’s just left Walmart. He then asks, “Do you need to be arrested right now?”

She turns away from him and continues to walk, the officer then proceeds towards her and forces her to the ground, cuffing one of her wrists, leaving the other free and pins the old woman to the ground. When the man realizes the woman is grabbing for her phone he snatches it and throws it to the ground. 

He depicts her actions as resisting arrest, as he walks her to his car and pins her against it, saying, “Oh, if you kick me, it’s going to be bad.”

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Another police officer comes to help as she wails, “I’m going home.” Without mercy, they get her back on the ground again as they’re attempting to place her in the police car. About the five-minute mark, a bystander drives up behind the police car, demanding to know who the sergeant is overseeing the office, after seeing the struggle. (Though, the bystander thinks, perhaps due to Garner’s small stature, that it’s a “kid” they’ve apprehended.)

Then, around the seven-minute mark, the police officers decide that hog-tying her is the best way to subdue her and get her in the vehicle.

According to the CBS Denver report, “Garner’s lawyers accuse supervising officer Sgt. Metzler (the sergeant mentioned in Hopp’s exchange with the witness) of helping his subordinates cover up the brutality and allegedly directed that Garner be denied access to medical care for her injuries. Metzler also is alleged to have kept his own body camera deactivated and failed to write a report regarding use of force, both of which are claimed to be a violation of the Loveland Police Department’s written policies.”

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The lawsuit further maintains, “Garner was ignored despite repeated complaints of pain and that medical care was not sought for her in the several hours she remained with police, instead she was handcuffed to a cell at the station for more than 2 hours. She was then transferred to the Larimer County Jail where she remained for another 3 hours without medical treatment.”

It also states that “since her arrest last summer, she has become withdrawn, depressed, afraid to go outdoors and that she needs help getting dressed and showering because she has lost most functional use of her left arm.”

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