An elderly woman will collect $3 million from a Colorado community after police officers forcibly arrested her in June 2020, despite the fact that she had not stolen anything from a Walmart.
Karen Garner, 73, has dementia and left Walmart in Loveland on June 26, 2020, with $13.88 worth of products she hadn’t paid for. However, when she was leaving the business, personnel stopped her and demanded that she return the things.
Garner was going home along a highway when Austin Hopp, a Loveland police officer, approached her in his patrol car, pulled over, grabbed her arm, and dragged her to the ground.
Garner’s arrest details were released in April when she filed a lawsuit against the city, and her attorneys included body-camera footage with the statement.
Garner, who stands 5 feet tall and weighs 80 pounds, broke her arm, dislocated her shoulder, and injured her wrist, and sat in a cell for six hours without receiving medical attention. During that time, Hopp and his coworkers Daria Jalali and Tyler Blackett mocked Garner while watching a video of the arrest.
Hopp and the second cop on the scene, Jalali, were both charged with several offenses in May. The settlement reached on Wednesday had no bearing on their case.
After uncovering something she had written before the start of her dementia, Garner’s family opted to settle the lawsuit, according to Denver ABC station KMGH.
“Don’t make things any more difficult for yourselves by dwelling on the past. Examine the view from the front window. “Don’t get caught up in what’s behind you,” the letter said.
According to KMGH, Garner’s family also stated that her health was deteriorating and that the settlement would allow her to get top-notch medical treatment.
The city of Loveland, roughly 45 miles north of Denver, announced the contract on Wednesday morning.
In a press statement, city manager Steve Adams said, “The settlement with Karen Garner will help bring some closure to a tragic occurrence in our community, but it does not upend the work we have left to perform.”
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