The city said in its statement that it had received “an abundance of phone calls, emails and social media messages from citizens deeply concerned about the events” cited in the lawsuit and in the video footage.
“The images are difficult to watch and we understand the strong emotions evoked, including outrage, fear and mistrust,” the city said.
Justine Bruno, a city spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the city’s investigation would begin once the district attorney’s office’s investigation was completed.
The Loveland Police Department said last week it had not received a complaint about Ms Garner’s “serious injuries” and only learned of the allegations regarding her arrest after her lawyer, Sarah Schielke, had filed the lawsuit and posted Walmart security footage. cameras and cameras of the corps of officers.
The ministry said it would review the images, documents and tapes compiled in connection with the arrest and “shared concerns” with the community about the footage. He said he put the arresting officer in the case, Austin Hopp, on administrative leave, and the assistant officer, Daria Jalali, and their supervisor, Sgt. Philip Metzler, on duty.
The three officers and the city of Loveland were named as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He alleges violations of the United States Disability Act and alleges the use of excessive force and failure to provide medical attention.
The defendants’ attorneys could not be found immediately.
The lawsuit describes Ms. Garner as “suffering” from dementia, disorientation and sensory aphasia, or impaired speech or writing comprehension. The case highlights the importance of training law enforcement officers to interact with people “with intellectual disabilities”, as Ms. Garner described in the lawsuit.