- A former policewoman was jailed after she failed to intervene when another officer violently arrested an elderly woman with dementia.
- Daria Jalali was sentenced to 45 days in prison and 3 years of probation.
- During the sentencing, Jalali said she “wanted to become a good police officer” but “didn’t fail”.
A former Colorado police officer was sentenced to prison after she failed to intervene when another officer violently arrested an elderly woman with dementia.
Daria Jalali, formerly of the Loveland Police Department, was sentenced to 45 days in prison and three years of probation after she failed to intervene in the 2020 arrest of Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia who left a Walmart store robbed. Items valued at $14, The Associated Press reported.
During Garner’s arrest, former officer Austin Hope grabbed Garner’s arm, pushed her to the ground to handcuff her, and pushed her toward his car, the Associated Press reported.
Jalali arrived after Garner’s hands were tied and he told her, “Whoa! We won’t carry you,” as Garner fell toward the ground, according to the Associated Press.
“I wanted to be a good police officer and my heart was in the right place, but I still couldn’t,” Jalali said when she was sentenced on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Garner’s arm was broken and her shoulder dislocated during the confrontation, Insider previously reported. In September, the city of Loveland settled with the Garner family 3 million dollars, which the family said they would use for their medical care. Hopp . was Sentenced to five years In prison in May.
“We all have choices we make in life, and all of our choices have consequences,” Garner’s son, Jon Steward, said during Friday’s sentencing. “I demand justice for my mother today.”