Loveland Police Officers Resign, Public Calls for Charges Against Them
Following outrage over the arrest of 73-year-old Karen Garner, three officers have resigned from the Loveland Police Department (LPD).
According to a press release from the City of Loveland, former officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali left the department on Friday (April 30), along with former community service officer Tyler Blackett — all of whom were on scene during Garner's 2020 arrest.
However, many believe that resignations are not enough. 9News reports that protestors gathered outside of the LPD on Saturday (May 1), calling for charges to be filed against the former officers.
"When I saw the video, I was angry and disappointed and so sad," protester Valerie Lutes told the station. "Everybody has a grandma, everybody has a mom. We've seen it happen all over the place and it just hits home."
Body camera footage of the arrest shows the officers forcing Garner, who has dementia, to the ground — an action that left her with a dislocated shoulder and a fractured humorous.
In a surveillance video, the three are seen laughing about making her arm "pop."
Hopp, Jalali and Blackett are named in Garner's federal civil rights lawsuit against the LPD. Other officers named in the lawsuit — Sgt. Phil Metzler and Sgt. Antolina Hill —are currently still with the department.
Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) are conducting an external investigation of the case.