The tearful daughter of a 73-year-old dementia sufferer whose shoulder was dislocated and arm fractured when cops violently arrested her over $13 stolen groceries has called for her mother's alleged abusers to face criminal charges.
Allisa Swartz told CBS This Morning Tuesday her mother's condition has worsened following the incident last June that has sent shockwaves across America since the bodycam footage surfaced last month.
'It's accelerated it. She is scared and anxious,' she said.
'I think they need to go to jail. Yes. They need to be held accountable.'
Karen Garner was arrested by Loveland police officers back on June 26 2020 when the elderly woman forgot to pay for a soda, a candy bar, a T-shirt, and wipe refills in a Walmart store in Colorado.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Garner was stopped by staff and asked to return to the store where they recovered the unpaid merchandise but employees still contacted law enforcement.
Bodycam footage made public last month shows the horrifying moment Officer Austin Hopp brutally dislocated her shoulder while arresting her.
Separate surveillance footage then surfaced showing Hopp and Officer Daria Jalali callously fist bumping and laughing while watching the footage as Garner was locked up in a jail cell in pain just feet away.
Hopp, Jalali and Community Service Officer Tyler Blackett resigned from the force in the wake of the uproar over the incident and now face possible criminal charges.
It has since emerged that Hopp and Jalali are in a romantic relationship and moved in together while the former was still married.
The tearful daughter of a 73-year-old dementia sufferer whose shoulder was dislocated and arm fractured when cops violently arrested her over $13 stolen groceries has called for her mother's alleged abusers to face criminal charges. Allisa Swartz on CBS This Morning
Karen Garner was arrested by Loveland police officers back on June 26 2020 when the elderly woman forgot to pay for a soda, a candy bar, a T-shirt, and wipe refills in a Walmart store in Colorado. Pictured bodycam of the violent arrest
Swartz choked back tears as she told CBS about the toll the incident has taken on her mother and showed the bloodstained clothing from that day.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'This is Mom's jacket that she had on the day that it happened,' she said.
'And it's got the blood on the back from where her hands were handcuffed.'
Swartz said it was clear that her mom was 'confused and scared' in the footage of the incident as she questioned how the officers could not have realized her mother simply wanted to go home.
'She was confused and scared. She didn't understand what was going on,' she said.
She added: 'I was like, do you not understand? Because she is repeating over and over and just going home, I'm just going home.
'And it's as if he wasn't listening to her.'
Garner's family filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Loveland and five officers last month saying they violated her civil rights.
It alleges the officers used excessive force while arresting Garner and failed to provide her with proper medical care.
It also says the 73-year-old, who weighs just 80 pounds, was held in jail for six hours with no attempt to find her caregiver despite the officers making jokes about her being 'mentally unfit.'.
'Despite many jokes made about her being disabled and mentally unfit, no one attempted to locate Ms. Garner's caregiver, console or