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Little Old Lady Update

Remember the little old lady in Loveland CO who was assaulted by cops in Loveland Colorado?

They broke her arm, dislocated her shoulder, and for hours didn't seek medical attention for her, didn't mention it to the county deputies when they took her to the jail.

One of them has been sentenced to prison.

A former Colorado police officer shown on body camera video roughly arresting a 73-year-old woman with dementia and later seen joking about it with colleagues was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and 2 years probation.

Austin Hopp arrested Karen Garner in 2020 after she left a store without paying for about $14 worth of items in Loveland, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Denver. Police body camera video shows that after she turned away from him, he grabbed her arm and pushed her to the ground, still holding the wildflowers she had been picking as she walked through a field.

The other officer involved in the initial arrest was more of an enabler and went along with it including the joking. She has pled not guilty, and her trial is pending. Their supervisor responded to the incident, condoned their actions, allowed what ensued later, and got off without any consequences. He's still out there on the streets where I do my grocery shopping.

Garner's family announced a settlement of their lawsuit with the city of Loveland last September for $3 million.

posted on May 6, 2022 11:34 AM ()


It’s not just Florida. I’ve seen it in Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, and New York.
comment by stella on June 18, 2022 8:29 AM ()
This is so gratifying. This case really got to me. Now everyone needs to know the name of the supervisor; so sorry you have that trash still running around your area.
comment by drmaus on May 7, 2022 10:47 AM ()
During that incident, someone driving by tried to intervene because it didn't look right, and they were run off by the supervisors. I have rehearsed in my mind how I would go about trying to signal distress if I was in a similar situation, and I think a lot of the townspeople are now on the alert for that sort thing.
reply by traveltales on May 10, 2022 12:14 PM ()
People don't seem to give the old any credit for sense or sensibility. I am glad her family got a good settlement. Now they can afford assisted living.
My cousin who has had several strokes, apparently lost her language and can no longer talk, pays 5,200 a month for her little apaartment. seems awfuly pricey to me.
comment by elderjane on May 7, 2022 2:10 AM ()
Sadly it happens to old people--even without dementia!! Almost like it is open season on 'hunting' senior citizens in Florida!!
comment by greatmartin on May 6, 2022 8:19 PM ()

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