A former police officer has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of brutally arresting an elderly woman with dementia. Austin Hopp would normally face two to eight years in prison for assault Karen Garner75 years old, but a Colorado judge could decide to just give him probation because it’s an open sentence, according to 9 News.
woman’s family, who previously disclosed the plea agreementcontinue to oppose it.
“38 times Karen said, ‘I’m going home, I’m going home, I’m going home,’ during arrest,” daughter-in-law Shannon Stewart said, according to Industrial Park. “And he ignored her. Then, 10 times while chained to a bench, she said she injured her shoulder, but was denied medical treatment. She has pleas that have been ignored. And then we have to come here today and honor him with this plea deal, it’s just a slap in the face. ”
Garner’s Son John Stewart said he was “very disappointed.”
“We know our Lord is greater and more powerful than this,” he said. “At the end of the day, he will seek justice for us, and justice for my mother that she needs.”
As seen on the body cam video, Hopp of the Loveland Police Department quickly brought Garner to the ground and shortly thereafter pressed her against his officers when he arrested her for forgetting to pay Walmart $13.88. He tugged her left arm behind her back. ONE The lawsuit is now settled from her family said her shoulder was dislocated because of this. On top of that, Walmart employees took back the items and refused to let her pay when she offered her credit card.
As seen on the police surveillance footage, Hopp showed off a body cam video for Daria Jalalithe second officer involved in the arrest, and the officer Tyler Blackett. He held their hands and touched them separately.
“Did you hear the pop?” he say. “When I left her against the car when you first got there? I said, “Okay, you’re going to play,” and I was pushing, pushing, pushing, and I heard ‘pop,’ I was like, “Oh, no.”
All three officers resigned. Hopp and Jalali has been charged with a crime.
Referee Michelle Brinegar On Wednesday said that the lawsuit against Hopp was strong, but ultimately she argued the plea was comparable to others with similar allegations, according to KCNC.
“Given the information from the DA, and considering this and weighing it down with other cases that have happened to the court, it seems acceptable to accept a plea agreement,” she said.
District Attorney Gordon McLaughlin interpreted as a confession as a success.
Our office today secured a plea to a Class 4 felony assault charge for former Loveland officer Austin Hopp in connection with his arrest of Karen Garner.
This finding introduces substantial criminal responsibility for his assault on Ms. Garner and shows that such abuse of power will not be tolerated.
– Gordon McLaughlin (@McLaughlinforDA) March 2, 2022
Sentencing is set for May 5.
[Image via Larimer County Sheriff’s Office]
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