THE THREE police officers who ridiculed a woman they arrested who was found to have dementia have resigned from the force.
Officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali, as well as community service officer Tyler Blackett, are no longer members of the Loveland Police Department in Colorado.
However, the story gets even more complicated: two of the officers, Hopp and Jalali, are in a relationship, the Daily Mail reports.
The officers in a secret tryst, along with Blackett, have lost their jobs and are the subject of a federal lawsuit, Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer said on Friday during a press conference.
Ticer apologized for their behaviors, saying the officers gave a terrible image of what the department stands for.
“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud,” Ticer said. “We failed, and we are very sorry for that.”
“What you saw on the video was not the Loveland Police Department. It hurt to see that,” he added.
Hopp arrested Karen Garner in June of 2020 after she is alleged to have left a Walmart without paying for $13.38 worth of items.
Garner then filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month saying Hopp dislocated her shoulder during her arrest.
She said she was not provided with medical care for about six hours after her detention.
After her arrest, both Hopp and Jalali were seen on camera fist-bumping as they watched bodycam video Hopp wore of the arrest.
The callous bump was caught on tape, as were photos snapped of the two both in the police department as well as at home, where neighbors said the still-married Hopp was living at Jalali’s home.
Neighbors would spot them outside holding hands, but said the couple was very reclusive and kept to themselves.