A couple from Phoenix has filed a notice of claim against the city for $10 million after Phoenix police officers drew guns on them and their children over a report of stolen doll.
The incident happened last month when Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper’s 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store without paying for it. After the couple left the store, they drove to an apartment complex where their babysitter lived to drop their daughter off, that’s when police officers started “banging against their window, yelling and threatening to kill them,” the CNN reported.
According to the Ames, police officers did not identify themselves and there were no indication that police was pulling them over. There is a video of officers taking Ames and Harper into custody provided by civilians, showing that police were using excessive force and yelling at Harper, who is 5-month pregnant, and her kids. “I I really thought he was gonna shoot me in front of the kids,” Harper told CNN.
The mayor of Phoenix Kate Gallego apologized to the couple. “I, like many others, am sick over what I have seen in the video depicting Phoenix police interacting with a family and young children,” she said.
“It was completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional. There is no situation in which this behavior is ever close to acceptable. As a mother myself, seeing these children placed in such a terrifying situation is beyond upsetting. I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community.”
The records show that there were 44 police shootings in Phoenix last year, which is more than in any other large American city. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah suggested that the family “is one of the lucky ones, because none of them were shot and calm bystanders recorded the entire thing to back them up.”
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