Two more Loveland, Colorado, police officers and a sergeant were placed on administrative leave after the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia — an encounter that is now the focus of a criminal investigation.
She was walking home when she was stopped for allegedly trying to steal $13.88 worth of items from a Walmart.
Garner's attorney, Sarah Schielke, said her client has dementia and sensory aphasia, which impairs her ability to verbally communicate with people or understand others' communications.
Schielke said because of the dementia Garner forgot to pay for the items, which were retrieved by Walmart employees.
A Loveland police officer arrests Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia, on June 26, in Loveland, Colo.
On Tuesday, the Loveland City Manager's Office announced that officers Tyler Blackett and Daria Jalali, along with Sgt. Philip Metzler, were also on administrative leave.
The disciplinary actions come days after Schielke released a video of three Loveland officers laughing about Garner's arrest. »