US Police Officers Recorded Mocking Arrest Of Woman With Dementia

Police officers from the US were recorded mocking a woman with dementia as they reviewed body camera footage of her arrest last year. The video was recently released by the lawyer of Karen Garner, 73, who was arrested on June 26 last year for walking out of a Walmart store in Colorado without paying for $13 worth of items. 

The body camera footage shows the arrest of Garner, wherein she obtained a fractured elbow and a dislocated shoulder. The footage, released on Monday, was taken from the police station’s booking area on the day of Garner’s arrest. The footage reveals the officers giving each other a fist bump and even joking about hearing the frail woman’s shoulder pop. An officer can also be heard saying: “I love it.” 

The incident launched an investigation into the arrest made by the Loveland Police Department.” Attorney Sarah Schielke, Garner’s lawyer, has filed a federal lawsuit against the department. According to the lawyer, the officers violently assaulted the woman and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

After her arrest, the officers kept Garner handcuffed to a bench for six hours without providing medical help. This led Garner to feel confused and cry in pain. In a statement to the press, the lawyer shared that the police officers “failed Karen Garner. They failed the community. And they did it all on camera.” 

Meanwhile, police chief Robert Ticer pledged full transparency into the inquiry. The Larimer County district attorney is also investigating the use of force against Garner’s arrest. An officer involved in the arrest has been placed on administrative leave, two others have been moved to administrative duties. 

The body camera footage of Garner’s arrest stirred public outcry after it was released earlier this month. After failing to stop Garner from leaving a supermarket with $13.38 worth of merchandise, she is thrown to the ground and handcuffed. Police officers also shoved her on the bonnet of the police car and had her legs tied up with a hobble. She left the premises bleeding. 

According to Garner’s daughter-in-law, Shannon Steward, the arrest worsened her dementia. “She hasn’t come back the way she was before. It was too much.”