COLORADO (NYTIMES) – A video released this week shows Colorado police officers laughing at footage of their department’s roadside arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia.
The woman, Karen Garner of Loveland, Colorado, walked out of a Walmart last year without paying for US$13.88 (S$18.41) worth of items. Police officers broke a bone in her arm and dislocated her shoulder, according to a lawsuit she filed against the city and the officers.
In the newly released footage, an hour-long video uploaded to YouTube by the law firm representing Garner, three Loveland police officers laugh while they watch footage of Garner’s arrest.
“Hear the pop?” one officer says.
“What did you pop?” asks another.
“I think it was her shoulder,” the first officer responds.
On Sunday (April 25), Garner’s lawsuit was amended to add more officers as defendants.
“Can you stop it now?” one officer says as they watch the body camera footage of the arrest. “I hate it.”
“I love it,” another officer says, with a laugh. “This is great.”
Before watching the footage, one officer asks another if he had read Garner her Miranda rights. The officer says he had not.
“I can’t believe I threw a 73-year-old on the ground,” one officer says.
The Loveland Police Department did not immediately respond to questions about the footage on Tuesday.
In a statement last week, the department said that it was investigating the episode and that the arresting officer had been placed on administrative leave. An officer who assisted in the arrest and an “on-scene supervisor” were reassigned to administrative duties, the department said.
“LPD takes very seriously the allegations concerning the arrest of resident Karen Garner, and shares with the community the concerns about video images that became public,” the department said.
In the newly released footage, an hour-long video uploaded to YouTube by the law firm representing Garner, three Loveland police officers laugh while they watch footage of Garner’s arrest. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM THE LIFE & LIBERTY LAW OFFICE/YOUTUBE
On Tuesday, Garner’s