Screengrab with permission from attorney Sarah Shielke, Life and Liberty Law Office
Three Loveland, Colo., Police officers involved in the violent arrest and detention of Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia, have withdrawn from the ward.
“I share the community’s concerns about this. It hurt to see it,” Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer said of the film camera footage from the arrest during the conference. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 32 years, and what I saw in there hurt me personally.”
Ticer announced Friday during a news conference that came more than a week after a federal civil rights lawsuit against several officers and the Loveland Police Department was filed by Sarah Schielke of The Life and Liberty Law Office on behalf of Garner. Officers Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and community service Tyler Blackett, who helped book Garner, all stepped down.
“Today, we listened to Chief Ticer give a one-on-one speech to protect only himself and LPD’s reputation. He repeatedly avoided questions about our family. He did not refer to Karen personally,” a statement from Garner’s family said. “And just like on June 26, 2020, the inhuman treatment of our mother was ignored and his continued support for the ward was in focus. He said our mother’s case has ‘hurt him personally’. It is clear that the only thing has ‘hurt him personally’, has been the attention that this case has brought to his department. Not what happened to our mother. We are disappointed. “
Two other officers mentioned in the trial have retained their jobs at the Loveland branch. Sgt. Phil Metzler, who responded to the scene of Garner’s arrest, was put on administrative leave; meanwhile, Sgt. Antolina Hill, who was involved in booking Garner, is still working on her regular duty assignment.
The statement from Garner’s family calls for Metzler and Hill to be removed from the force. It also requires Ticer himself to resign or be removed.
“His decision not to resign, and the City of Loveland’s City Manager (Steve Adams) decision not to remove him from this position, prove that LPD’s leadership and toxic cultural problems are as bad as we suspected when we saw the very first video. , if not worse, ”reads the statement.“ And they go all the way through Ticer all the way to the top. For while the world looks horrified and waits – the city leaves the old guard in place. And it does nothing. “
On June 26, 2020, Garner was severely arrested by Loveland police officers after she left a Walmart with $ 14 unpaid merchandise. According to the trial, Garner received a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder during the arrest. In photos from a press release, the back of Garner’s arms and her wrist were severely bruised.
“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud,” Ticer said. “We failed and we are very sad.”
An investigation has also been launched by the Office of Eighth District Attorney Gordon McLaughlin. The district’s critical incident response team, made up of investigators from 10 area agencies in Larimer and Jackson counties, will investigate the incident.