Lawsuit Filed After Police Allegedly Force 73-Year-Old Loveland Woman to Ground
The Loveland Police Department (LPD) is facing a federal civil rights lawsuit after an officer allegedly forced a 73-year-old woman with dementia and trouble communicating to the ground.
According to 9News, the incident occurred on June 26, 2020, after Karen Garner forgot for pay for $14 worth of items at a local Walmart.
The lawsuit claims that employees escorted her back into the store and refused to let her buy the items in questions despite her attempts to pay, leaving her unable to "fully grasp what was going on."
She was about two blocks away from her house — carrying a Pepsi, a candy bar, a t-shirt and wipes — when police arrested her.
In a body camera video published by the news station, a police officer is seen asking Garner to stop walking. She tells the officer that she is "going home," when he grabs her arms and forces her to the ground.
Later in the video, the officer is heard saying: "Yeah, that's her blood."
9News reports that police then held Garner in a Loveland Police jail cell for two hours before sending her to the Larimer County Jail, where she spent another three hours.
Garner's attorney, Sarah Schielke, told the station the LPD claimed she was uninjured during the altercation, but the lawsuit asserts that the incident left Garner with a dislocated shoulder, a sprained wrist, and a broken humorous.
Another video of the arrest shows a citizen questioning the officer's actions, to which he responds: "This is what happens when you fight the police...you don't know the whole situation, that's the thing."
Schielke noted that Garner is 5 feet tall and weighs 80 pounds. No further information is available at this time.
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