Austin Hope was sentenced to 5 years in prison for the arrest of Karen Garner

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Nearly two years after dealing with a 73-year-old woman with dementia, breaking her arm and celebrating an arrest with fellow, former Loveland, Colorado, police officer, police officer Austin Hope goes to prison.

On Thursday, Hope, who pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault charge in March, was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of probation. He faced up to eight years in prison.

During the hearing, Larimer County Judge Michael Berengar called Hope’s actions toward victim Karen Garner “willful, misleading, and calculated,” according to the Denver Post.

“This case is not about fault,” Brenegar said, according to the newspaper. “This is amazing [is] About a young officer who used his position of power and authority to demonstrate his power, ignoring any sense of humanity and displaying a disturbing amount of criminal thinking.

After a 73-year-old woman was violently arrested for dementia, the police laughed at it, and the video shows: ‘We crushed him’

The newspaper reported that Hope had apologized in court and accepted responsibility for the way he handled Garner’s arrest.

“I am really ashamed of my actions,” Hope said.

On June 26, 2020, employees at a Walmart in Loveland, a town about 50 miles north of Denver, called police to report that an elderly woman walked out with $14 worth of items. The staff met her outside the store and took back the items. Garner left the store and started home.

She was wandering in a field, picking wildflowers, when she was approached by Hope, who was responding to the store’s call for help, and moved within seconds to arrest her, as body camera footage shows. But Garner kept walking, and in her hands was a bouquet of flowers.

“I don’t think you want to play it that way,” Hope said. “ …do you need to be arrested now? “

A video clip showed the officer grabbed Garner, who weighed 80 pounds, and pulled her arms back. For the next several minutes, she screamed that she was “going home.” Then Hope quarrels with Garner over the floor. As a result, she fractured her arm and dislocated her shoulder.

Soon, another female officer, Daria Jalali, arrived and helped Hope restrain Garner.

Then the officers took Garner to the police station. Security footage released by Garner’s attorney last year shows Hope and others viewing camera footage taken on the body while Garner was in custody.

“Are you ready to pop? Do you hear the pop?” Hopp could be heard pointing at Garner’s shoulder as he brought her to the floor.

The officers also mocked Garner, calling her “old” and “old”, and saying the arrest “went wonderfully” and that they “crushed him.” Meanwhile, Garner sat in a holding cell crying in pain.

In April 2021, prosecutors announced that they were pursuing the case after Sarah Shelke, a lawyer representing the Garner family, released body camera footage, causing public outrage. Hopp was soon suspended from the Loveland Police Department. In May of this year, he was arrested and charged with using excessive force and misleading his superiors. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

A woman with dementia was violently arrested before police mocked her arrest. The City of Colorado must now pay $3 million.

Jalali, the other officer at the scene, was charged with failure to report the use of force, non-interference and official misconduct. Her case is still ongoing.

The Garner family sued the city and several police officers and won a $3 million settlement in September. In a statement, Loveland City Manager Steve Adams said the city issued a public apology to Garner and her family “for what they endured as a result of this arrest.”

Her family told reporters after arriving at the settlement that Garner’s health had deteriorated since the attack. Garner, who suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia, a condition that impairs her ability to communicate or fully understand speech, now suffers from PTSD. Her family said she backed down, reluctant to hug her loved ones and no longer walked, which she used to enjoy.

The family’s attorney did not immediately respond to a Washington Post request for comment early Friday.

Andrea Salcedo contributed to this report.

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