Fort Collins, Colo. (AP) – A former Colorado police officer who did not stop another officer from sexually assaulting a 73-year-old woman with dementia was sentenced Friday to 45 days in jail and three years of probation.
Daria Jalali had confessed earlier. In the arrest of Karen Garner in Loveland, About 50 miles (80 km) north of Denver, in 2020. He faces up to 60 days in jail for failing to intervene, a crime lawmakers created as part of a police reform bill passed amid protests against racial injustice and police brutality. 2020
Former officer Austin Hopp arrested Garner after she left the store without paying for about $14 worth of items. Police body camera video released last year shows Garner repeatedly saying she was trying to get home.
After Garner turned away from her, the footage shows Hopp grabbing her arm, pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her. Later, he pushes her off the hood of his car and, when she tries to turn around, he holds her bent left arm close to his head. Immediately afterward, Garner began sliding toward the ground. Jalali, who arrives after Garner is handcuffed, says, “Stand up! We’re not going to arrest you.”
Hope was sentenced to five years in prison in May. For Garner’s treatment. Loveland settled a lawsuit filed by Garner for $3 million. His family has said that his condition has deteriorated since his arrest and that he needs round-the-clock care as a result.
Jalali apologized to Garner and his family in court. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported.. He told Judge Joshua Lehman that he thought Garner was drunk and believed Garner was only complaining about his handcuffs so he could get out of them.
“I wanted to be a good police officer and my heart was in the right place, but I still fell short,” she said.
Jalali’s attorney, Anna Gegel, said Lowland police and another department kept him on the job despite a pattern of poor performance noted in their personnel files. He said a neuropsychological evaluation showed Jalali did not have the “psychological makeup” to act with the precision and awareness expected of police officers.
Lemon said Jalali should have known Garner was a “fragile” woman with mental health issues.
“She just snaps out of it and freaks out at me,” he said after watching body camera footage of the arrest for the first time in court. “The fact that two law enforcement officers couldn’t understand that is incomprehensible to me.”
Garner’s son, John Steward, told Judge Jalali that he had no idea the stress, pain and sadness the arrest had caused his family.
“We all have choices to make in life, and all of our choices have consequences,” he said. “I pray for justice for my mother today.”