A Colorado police department is under fire for joking about their use of excessive force after arresting a 73-year-old woman who has dementia.
The Loveland Police Department claimed they had no knowledge of Karen Garner’s injuries after she was violently arrested by two officers.
On June 24, 2020, Garner was accused of shoplifting from a Loveland Walmart. She wandered out of the store and apparently forgot to pay for $13.88 worth of merchandise.
When she offered to pay for the items, Walmart employees refused and took the items back. After Garner left the store, they called police.
An attorney representing Garner’s family released police body cam video of the arrest on Monday.
The video begins with Officer Austin Hopp catching up to Garner as she walked along a highway, picking wildflowers.
“Do you need to be arrested right now?” Hopp asked Garner, who shrugged and turned to walk away. Hopp threw Garner to the ground and hog-tied her as she repeatedly stated, “I’m going home. I’m going home.”
During the brutal arrest, Garner suffered a dislocated shoulder and a fractured arm.
Later, while reviewing video of the arrest with his fellow officers, Hopp joked, “Ready for the pop?”
“What did you pop?” an officer asked. “I think it was her shoulder,” Hopp replied.
In the video, Hopp said “I can’t believe I threw a 73-year-old woman on the ground… I’m a little worried that she’s, like, senile and stuff.”
“That’s going to turn into something,” Officer Daria Jalali predicted.
As the officers laughed at the body cam video footage, Garner was handcuffed to a bench in a nearby holding cell. She seemed to be in pain but she was not treated for her injuries for nearly six hours.
Hopp said he reported his use of force to the Blue Team, which conducts internal reviews of use of force during arrests.
After the video was made public on Monday, the Loveland Police Department claimed it wasn’t aware of any complaints about Garner’s arrest or that she was injured.
But the video conflicts with both statements.
According to a lawsuit, Garner suffered a dislocated shoulder, fractured arm and sprained wrist during her June 26, 2020, arrest.
Garner’s attorney said in a statement that she released the video to expose “Loveland police’s toxic culture of arrogance and entitlement, along with their horrific abuse of the vulnerable and powerless.”
Hopp, Jalali, and a third officer are on paid administrative leave following the fierce public backlash.
Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.
Tamara “Taj” Johnson (left) and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (center) joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.
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TMZ suggested there would be “potential backlash” from the “cancel culture” if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.
Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn’t even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, “Human Nature,” and they wouldn’t be successful if not for Michael.
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The ladies say it’s not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.
SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:
“The people with this alleged “potential backlash” won’t even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue.”
Another user tweeted: “If they DIDN’T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!”
And a third wrote: “People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?”
Law Roach was named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.
Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).
He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.
Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.
Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.
“I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID,” he said. “So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I’m doing now and figure out more ways to help other people.”
Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:
“Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR….. thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful.”