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'Ready for the pop?': Colorado police officer joked about excessive force used in arrest of elderly woman, video shows

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Colorado police department has said it wasn't aware of complaints regarding the arrest of 73-year-old Karen Garner, who has dementia, but new video made public Monday shows officers watching bodycam footage, joking about their use of force and noting the case would trigger an internal review. 

Video released Monday by Garner's attorney shows Officer Austin Hopp knew the case would be reviewed by "Blue Team," the department's system of keeping track of certain reports, including uses of force and threats of force during arrests.

According to police station surveillance video, Hopp later told fellow police officers “ready for the pop?” as he showed them his body camera footage that was part of the arrest made in Loveland, Colorado, about 50 miles north of Denver, last year.

In a previous statement, the Loveland Police Department said they were not previously aware of any complaints regarding Garner's arrest until the lawsuit was filed April 14. Loveland police previously told The Coloradoan, part of the USA TODAY Network, that internal reviews aren't initiated unless a complaint is filed against an officer by either a resident or another employee.

In the video, Hopp said he reported their use of force to the Blue Team. It's unclear whether the officers' use of force was ever reviewed.

Every officer involved in using force during an incident is required to report it through Blue Team, Loveland Police Chief Bob Ticer said at a Loveland City Council meeting last week. 

"That is required that they enter that in through the Blue Team system and then it goes through the review process to see if we were within policy or not," Ticer told council members. 

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