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Former Loveland police officer sentenced to 5 years in prison for assault of woman with dementia

A former Colorado police officer shown on body camera video roughly arresting a 73-year-old woman with dementia and later seen joking about it with colleagues was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison. Austin Hopp arrested Karen Garner in 2020 after she left a store without paying for about $14 worth of items in Loveland, […]

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Former Loveland police officer pleads guilty in rough arrest of woman with dementia

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A former Colorado police officer shown on body camera video roughly arresting a 73-year-old woman with dementia and later seen joking about it with colleagues pleaded guilty to assault Wednesday in a plea deal opposed by the woman’s family. Austin Hopp faces up to eight years in prison when […]

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Loveland police officer who roughly arrested elderly woman with dementia will stand trial for assault, judge rules

LOVELAND — A former Colorado police officer involved in the rough arrest of an elderly woman with dementia should stand trial for assault, a judge ruled Monday. District Judge Michelle Brinegar said there is probable cause for the charge against former Loveland police officer Austin Hopp, who will be arraigned in late September, the Loveland […]

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Loveland couple files lawsuit over police shooting of 14-month-old dog who ran at officer

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A couple whose young dog was shot by a police officer in a northern Colorado city has filed a lawsuit accusing the officer’s supervisors of covering up what happened and claiming that the city has fostered a culture that encourages the use of force. In body camera footage released […]

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3 more Loveland police officers placed on leave over arrest of woman with dementia

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Three more police officers involved in the rough arrest of a 73-year-old Colorado woman with dementia have been placed on leave, an official said Wednesday. Officer Daria Jalali, Officer Tyler Blackett and Sgt. Phil Metzler were placed on administrative leave Friday in connection with the arrest of Karen Garner […]

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Woman with dementia arrested over $14 theft sues Loveland Police Department

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A 73-year-old woman with dementia is suing a Colorado city and members of its police department after she suffered a dislocated shoulder and bruises last year while being arrested after leaving a store without paying for about $14 worth of items. Police body camera video included as part of the […]