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LOVELAND, Colo. (KDVR) – Attorney Sarah Schielke has announced an amended trial following the release of new video of the arrest of a 73-year-old Colorado woman with dementia in June 2020.
Earlier this month, Loveland’s civil rights attorney at the Life & Liberty Law Office filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Loveland Police Department and three officers on behalf of Karen Garner.
Schielke’s original lawsuit alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as claims against the Loveland Police Department for failing to train in the use of force on disabled and unarmed citizens.
Last Monday, the district attorney’s office launched an independent criminal investigation into the Loveland Police Department’s use of force during the arrest.
Garner suffered a dislocated shoulder and a broken wrist during his arrest, according to his attorney.
The officer’s initial arrest report said Garner was unharmed. The Loveland Police Department said it was unaware Garner was injured until trial.
Garner’s attorney said Garner’s family hired a sound engineer to improve the audio at the Loveland Police Station by reserving videos from the day Garner was arrested.
On Monday, Garner’s attorney released an amended lawsuit, saying the booking video proves officers knew Garner was injured.
Forty-five minutes into the start of the booking video, three officers are seen huddled together, watching video from the body warning camera.
At one point, the female officer said, “Can you arrest him now?” One of the male officers replies, “Ready to pop? Do you hear the pop? »
The other male officer responds by saying, “What did you blow up?”
The male officer responds, “I think it was his shoulder.”
As the video continues, the female officer visibly hides her face with her hat and hands. At one point she says, “I hate it.”
One of the male officers responds to him, saying, “What?” She responds again, saying, “I hate it.” The male officer continues with a laugh, saying, “I love it.”
In response to the revelations seen in the videos from the booking area, Schielke, the attorney for Garner and his family shared, “This is absolutely disgusting. These videos cannot be seen or heard. I’m sorry to have to share them with the public. It will be traumatic and deeply upsetting for everyone. But as is often the case with bad police departments, this seems to be the only way to change them. They must be exposed. If I didn’t publish it, Loveland’s toxic police culture of arrogance and entitlement, and their horrific abuse of the vulnerable and powerless, would continue, as usual. I will not be part of it.
“Loveland knew. They always knew it,” continues Schielke. “They let Karen Garner down. They
failed the community. And they did it all on camera. Do you realize how horrible that is? It means they used to get away with it. That the comfortable standard in Loveland is zero
responsibility. That this is not just an “isolated incident”. It’s not just one “problem”. He is
great sociopathic criminality. And try to put the burden on Karen, or a passerby, or
his family or his lawyer to report it? Shame on you, Loveland. You have taken an oath to protect and to serve. It’s a shame.
Garner’s family will release an updated statement on Tuesday.
We have contacted the Loveland Police Department for a statement and have yet to receive a response.
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