Screengrab courtesy of Attorney Sarah Shielke, Life and Liberty Law Firm.
Three Loveland, Colo., A police officer involved in the arrest and detention of 73-year-old woman Karen Garner with dementia has now resigned from the department.
“I share the concerns of the community about it, it’s painful to see that,” Loveland Police Chief Robert Tiser said of the on-camera footage of the arrest during the meeting. “I have been in law enforcement for 32 years and what I see there is hurting me personally.”
Ticer made the announcement Friday during a news conference, which took place more than a week after a federal civil rights lawsuit against multiple officers, and Loveland Police Department Sarah Schielke was filed by the Life and Liberty law firm on behalf of Garner officials. Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Community Service Officer Tyler Blackett, who helped with all Garner reservations, resigned.
“Today we heard Chief Ticer deliver a speech in a desperate attempt to defend himself and the reputation of the LPD. He dodged repeated questions about our family, he did not personally refer to Karen,” said the Garen family statement. Weiner said. “And as on June 26, 2020, our mother’s inhumane practices have been ignored and the department’s continued support is the focus, he said, our mother’s case hurting him. Obviously the only thing ‘Personally hurting him’ got attention from this case, came to his department, not what happened to our mother, we were disappointed “
Two other officers named in the case continue to work with the Loveland Department Sgt. Phil Metzler, who responded to the scene of Garner’s arrest, was ordered out of service. In the meantime, Sgt. Antolina Hill, involved in Garner Reservation, continues to do his usual assignments.
A statement from Garner’s family called for Metzler and Hill to be removed from the force. It also urged Ticer to step down or be laid off.
“His decision not to resign, and the City of Loveland’s manager (Steve Adams), to decide not to dismiss him, proves that the leadership and cultural problems of the City of Loveland,” he said. The LPD was as bad as we suspected when we saw the first video if No worse, the “command read” and they went all the way through Ticer to the top, because as the world looked forward, panicked and waited – the city left the old guards in place and it was. Didn’t do anything “
On June 26, 2020, Garner was seriously arrested by Loveland Police officers after she dropped Walmart with $ 14 in unpaid merchandise.Garner suffered a broken arm and shoulder injury. Dropped during an arrest following a lawsuit In a photo from the press release, the back of Garner’s arm and wrists were severely bruised.
“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department is to always make our community proud,” Ticer said. “We have failed and we are very sorry for that.”
An investigation will also be carried out by the Office of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney Gordon McLaughlin, the district’s crisis response team, which consists of investigators from 10 area divisions in Larimer and Jackson County, will investigate the incident.