The disgusting video of Phoenix, AZ police overly aggressively confronting Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancée, Iesha Harper this week has caused a major uproar on social media and has gotten the attention of some major names...to include Jay-Z and his ROC Nation empire.
Officers located the vehicle at an apartment complex about a mile away and claim the "male driver" told officers he had stolen a package of underwear, which he had thrown out the window, and that he was driving with a suspended license.
Ames gets out of the vehicle and is slammed against a police auto as he tries to comply with the officer's demands while he is still being threatened and told to stop resisting.
The controversial video shows officers with their guns drawn yelling profanities at a couple who were with their young children.
They had been reported for shoplifting from a Family Dollar store.
In the back of the vehicle, Harper said she saw the police following them, but "she was scared and did not know what to do". One 12-minute cellphone video begins when Ames is being handcuffed on the ground and then against a cop vehicle.
Another officer appears to be pulling a gun on the passenger side of the couple's vehicle before Harper exits the auto, holding a small child, with a second child by her side. Another glaring omission was found when Meyer failed to mention that he ordered to put her child on the ground as he claimed Harper "refused to put the child down".
"This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged", she said, announcing a community meeting with Williams on Tuesday to discuss concerns.
During the video, officers can be heard telling her to get her hands up. "I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers who serve this city".
Authorities said the incident is under investigation.
The incident report states that on May 27 (not May 29, as the couple has previously said), Phoenix police officers responded to an unrelated shoplifting call at the Family Dollar on North 36th Street.
It is not clear who recorded the video or what transpired beforehand. He had a gun drawn,"Ames told CNN". Phoenix police officers were responsible for more than half of them. Police say they were investigating allegations that one of the children had shoplifted a doll from a Family Dollar store.
The family is asking for $2.5 million for each parent and each child, according to the notice of claim.
While threatening Ames, one of the officers had said, "I'm going to put a cap in your a-". The report also confirms that the incident, which has made global news, all took place because Ames' daughter walked out of a dollar store with a doll.
Since the it happened, the family's 4-year-old has been experiencing nightmares and wetting the bed out of distress, according to the filing. The officer forced her out of the vehicle and she was still holding one-year-old London. Ames said he was anxious about his children and felt helpless during the incident.
"It was just a very scary situation I never thought I'd be in", adding, "Traumatizing for me and my daughters".
Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a spokesman for the family, told CNN Ames is lucky to be alive.
The couple says they were both released shortly after the arrest and were not charged.
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