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Karen Garner Arrest: 2 Former Loveland Police Officers, Austin Hopp & Daria Jalali, Turn Themselves In

(CBS4) – Former Loveland police officers Daria Jalali and Austin Hopp were released from the Larimer County Jail after posting bond on Thursday. The two people turned themselves in Thursday after arrest warrants were issued for both.

Austin Hopp
Austin Hopp (credit: Larimer County)

CBS4's Dillon Thomas broke the news of the arrests. Hopp was arrested at the jail just after 8:30 a.m. Jalali turned herself in and was booked almost an hour later.

Austin Hopp in Court2
(credit: CBS)

Hopp appeared in a Larimer County courtroom on Thursday afternoon. He was wearing a yellow jumpsuit and his hands were in handcuffs.

Daria Jalali
Daria Jalali (credit: Larimer County)

They face charges in relation to their arrest of 73-year-old Karen Garner, a woman living with dementia. Garner was forcefully thrown to the ground and arrested by Hopp in June of 2020 after being accused of theft at a Walmart.

After refusing to stop, appearing to be confused, Garner was thrown down by Hopp. As fellow responding officer Daria Jalali arrived on scene, body camera footage showed Hopp allegedly breaking garners arm in an effort to gain compliance.

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(credit: The Life & Liberty Law Office)

Garner is heard yelling out in pain as she is done throwing down to the ground again.

Garner was taking to a processing facility at the Loveland Police Department headquarters where she sat in a cell without medical attention for hours. Even after she complained to officers that she was injured, both Hopp and Jalali failed to report it.

karen garner arrest in loveland
(credit: The Life & Liberty Law Office)

Instead, security footage first broadcasted by CBS Denver showed the duo laughing about the incident. Hopp he's heard telling multiple people that he could hear the moment garners arm was injured. Medical staff would later determine she experienced a broken arm, separated shoulder and sprained wrist.

Though Jalali expressed her concerns with the arrest and video, she allegedly failed to tell superior officers.

Hopp now faces the following charges:
-Class 3 Felony Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury
-Class 4 Felony Attempt To Influence And Officer
-Class 2 Misdemeanor Misconduct
Jalali now faces the following charges:
-Class 1 Misdemeanor Failure To Report Use Of Force
-Class 1 Misdemeanor Failure To Intervene
-Class 2 Misdemeanor Misconduct

In the end the DA, Gordon McLaughlin, decided criminal charges were necessary.

Hopp now faces the following charges:
-Class 3 Felony Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury
-Class 4 Felony Attempt To Influence And Officer
-Class 2 Misdemeanor Misconduct

Jalali now faces the following charges:
-Class 1 Misdemeanor Failure To Report Use Of Force
-Class 1 Misdemeanor Failure To Intervene
-Class 2 Misdemeanor Misconduct

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