Phoenix Family Wants Cops Fired After Being Held At Gunpoint

Thursday, 20 Jun, 2019

Now the parents are calling for justice. The vehicle stopped about a mile away at an apartment complex, which is where police confronted the occupants and where bystanders shot video of the incident.

The incident that sparked the case began when Ames' 4-year-old daughter allegedly walked out of a Family Dollar store with a doll that wasn't paid for.

After their daughter had allegedly taken the doll, the couple drove to a nearby apartment complex to drop their child off at a babysitter's, before police showed up, banging on their auto window and threatening to kill them.

Ames' lawyer claims that after being pulled out of the vehicle, his leg was injured by an officer, according to NPR.

The May 29 video shows a Phoenix police officer screaming threats and profanity toward the couple and their two young daughters.

No injuries to the man, woman or two children in the auto were reported to police.

"It was terrifying for me and my children".

I hesitated to put out any statement on this issue until more information became available because - without question - someone viewing the video without any additional facts would and should be upset by what they saw. I don't like watching it.

Ames addressed the crowd briefly, drawing applause when he said he and his family were lucky to be alive. "It just keeps flashing back to a barrel being pointed at my face". Civil liberties attorney Sandra Slaton has called the prior case irrelevant. "Why is there not action taken".

Cell phone video from May 27 shows officers cursing and pointing guns, threatening to shoot, after responding to a report of shoplifting. Ames is heard apologizing to the officer.

The Phoenix police chief, Jeri Williams, posted a video on the Police Department's Facebook page with her feelings about what transpired. The Phoenix Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and for this reason, this incident is now being investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau. They said the officers involved had been assigned to desk duty.

"This incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers who serve this city", Williams said. "I am disappointed. I'm sorry and I apologize to the family", she said.

This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged.

"I have two kids", Harper is heard crying.

On Wednesday, the family filed a $10 million legal claim alleging the officers injured their 1-year-old child after snatching her from Harper's arms.

Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, who are black, said at a news conference that they don't accept the apologies of the city's police chief and mayor and have not received a face-to-face apology since a bystander's video emerged and drew outcry. "The family has described the apology as a sham and lacking all substance".

Officers were responding to an alleged shoplifting incident last month when the video was recorded.

"I can't put my hands up I have a fucking baby in my hand", Harper pleads.

In addition, Ames told police that he knew they had shoplifted from the store and that he threw a stolen pair of underwear out of the window, the report states.

Fighting back tears at a Monday (June 17) press conference, Ames says he believed his family was going to be massacred by police.

Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a civil rights activist in Phoenix, said, "I don't care if they stole every damn doll from the dollar store; what you see on that tape you can not justify".