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Colorado police laugh at violent arrest of elderly woman

Security tape shows police officers in Colorado laughing while watching bodycam footage of an elderly woman with dementia arrest.

A shocking video has emerged of Colorado police officers laughing while watching their arrest of an elderly woman suffering from dementia.

Last year, Loveland cops Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali apprehended Karen Garner after she walked away from Walmart without paying $US13 ($A16) worth of items. She left the outlet with a candy bar, a can of Pepsi, and a T-shirt.

The retail chain later confirmed it had recovered the items and hadn’t lost money.

Police bodycam footage shows one of the officers slamming the 73-year-old to the ground, causing her a fractured elbow and dislocated arm.

Hours later, Loveland Police Department security footage shows the arresting officers and an unnamed third officer laughing, cheering, and giving each other a fist bump as they view the recording.

“Ready for the pop?” Officer Hopp said, referring to when he and Officer Jalali handcuffed Ms. Garner on the side of the police car. “Hear the pop?”

The unnamed third officer watching with them asked ‘What popped?’ and Officer Hopp replied, “I think it was her shoulder.”

Ms. Garner was in her jail cell crying in pain while the police made fun of the video of her arrest. She did not receive medical care.

Ms. Garner’s lawyer Sarah Schielke filed a civil lawsuit against the police department stating the officers knew the aged woman was injured.

The lawsuit states the arrest violated the Americans with Disabilities Act as Ms. Garner also suffers from sensory aphasia, which impairs her ability to communicate and understand what other people are saying.

The Loveland Police Department is conducting its own investigation into the incident. Officer Hopp has been placed on administrative leave, while Officer Jalali has been reassigned to administrative duties.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, city officials are yet to apologize to Ms. Garner or her family.

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