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A former Colorado police officer pleaded guilty to not stopping his colleague from attacking a 73-year-old woman.

A former Loveland, Colorado police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to failing to stop another officer from assaulting a 73-year-old woman during an arrest on suspicion of attempted shoplifting.

Larimer County Judge Joshua Lehman said Daria Jalali, 28, pleaded guilty to non-intervention, which is a misdemeanor and could face up to five years probation and 60 days in prison for the crime.

Colorado lawmakers in 2020 made it a crime to fail to act on a massive police reform bill sparked by mass protests against the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Karen Garner (Allisa Schwartz via Associated Press)

As part of her plea deal, Jalali agreed to no longer seek employment as a police officer.

Jalali was one of two Loveland police officers who faced criminal charges in the violent arrest of 73-year-old Karen Garner in 2020. The arrest, filmed on a body camera, received nationwide attention after the Garner family sued Loveland and released the footage. The attention sparked protests, prosecutions, a multi-million dollar civil settlement, and internal investigations within the northern Colorado Police Department.

Another arresting officer, Austin Hopp, contacted Garner on June 26, 2020 after receiving a report that Garner was trying to walk out of Walmart with $13 worth of merchandise. Garner, who suffers from dementia, returned the items before leaving.

Hopp had the 5ft 2in, 80lb grandmother lie on the ground within 30 seconds of contacting her because she kept walking despite his orders to stop, bodycam interaction footage shows. He then handcuffed her and, with the help of Jalali, pinned her to his police car. Hopp jerked Garner’s arm back. Jalali yelled at Garner when the 73-year-old woman tried to tell officers she was going home.

“A little bloody, a little dirty, that’s how it works,” Jalali said when a warden who arrived on the scene asked how they were doing.

Former Loveland Cops Austin Hopp (Left) And Daria Jalali.
Former Loveland cops Austin Hopp (left) and Daria Jalali.

Hopp dislocated Garner’s shoulder and broke her arm. According to Garner’s family, the attack greatly exacerbated Garner’s dementia symptoms, and she was unable to live on her own after her arrest.

In May 2021, prosecutors charged Jalali with three misdemeanors: failure to report the use of force, failure to intervene, and official misconduct.

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