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Colorado Little Old Lady vs Police Update

"Daria Jalali, the former Loveland Police Department officer who was charged for her involvement in the 2020 arrest of Karen Garner, was advised of her rights Tuesday and is scheduled to return to court for her next hearing in July.

Jalali has been charged with failure to report an excessive use of force, a class 1 misdemeanor; failure to intervene, a class 1 misdemeanor; and official misconduct, a class 2 misdemeanor, for her involvement in the arrest of Garner, a then 73-year-old woman with dementia.

In May, the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office charged Jalali with the three misdemeanor charges. She turned herself in the following day and bailed out an hour later on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

She is scheduled to appear before 8th Judicial District Court Judge Joshua Lehman at 9 a.m. July 12. At this hearing, which is considered her official first appearance, she will be read her rights, and prosecutors and defense attorneys will discuss the next steps in the case.

Former LPD officer Austin Hopp, the other person charged by the DA’s office in Garner’s arrest, is expected to return to court for a hearing June 24. Hopp made his first official appearance in court in late May.

Hopp has been charged with second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury, a class 3 felony, attempt to influence a public servant, a class 4 felony; and official misconduct, a class 2 misdemeanor.

The information released in the lawsuit and following footage led to community, national and international outcry aboutthe arrest. In Loveland, groups have mobilized to stage events outside of the LPD building as well as to call for more accountability."

This is Karen Garner, 73 years old, when she was in the holding cell. The cops placed the hood of her sweatshirt over her dislocated shoulder so it wouldn't be as obvious that it didn't match the other shoulder. One of the worst things was they didn't document that she was injured (but they laughed about it on the video), and when they turned her over to the county jail, they didn't inform the deputies that there was an issue with her physical health.

posted on June 16, 2021 10:16 AM ()


It'll be enlightening to see what punishments they get. I also wonder about previous cases of excessive force, with the male.
comment by drmaus on June 17, 2021 9:38 AM ()
I'm going to look for a way to watch the trials online. One of the good things about the pandemic, but as things open up, they are not making the effort to make them available remotely.
reply by traveltales on June 17, 2021 2:19 PM ()
I forgot to 'fix' it so all the paragraphs wouldn't run together. It's better now.
comment by traveltales on June 17, 2021 8:25 AM ()
I hope this case will serve to make the police more accountable.
comment by elderjane on June 17, 2021 4:52 AM ()
Yes, city management and the police department are trying to distance themselves from this, claiming it is definitely not the culture they have fostered, but it's a bit like being an addict - first someone has to admit they have a problem so they can address it. I hope these ex-cops have thought up an alternate career path.
reply by traveltales on June 17, 2021 8:39 AM ()
A few bad apples spoil the whole bunch!
comment by greatmartin on June 16, 2021 2:54 PM ()
Hopefully it sends a message to our local police departments that it's unacceptable behavior and they do a better job of fostering a non-bully culture within their ranks.
reply by traveltales on June 17, 2021 8:42 AM ()

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