Mayor ‘sick’ by video of police encounter with young family


Ames and Harper then took their kids to their babysitter at a nearby apartment complex, which is where police officers approached them.

Both parents, who stress they were unaware their daughter had taken the doll, were detained but not arrested or taken to jail.

Spiro is seeking charges against one of the police officers for child neglect and assisting the family with their already on-going civil lawsuit against the city of Phoenix, in which they are seeking $10 million in damages. "My hands are up!" One of the officers runs into the frame with his gun pointed at the auto.

Even after Harper pleaded with the officer to let her continue holding her one-year-old daughter, the officer is heard demanding that Harper place the baby on the hot pavement.

During a press conference, Harper stressed, "A police officer, we don't know who he is, a guy, a random guy came up to the door banging on the window with a gun, says he's going to shoot us in our face, telling us to get out of the auto".

The Phoenix Police Department said it was opening an investigation after partial footage of the incident was released by a bystander.

The episode happened last month when Dravon Ames, 22, his fiancée, Iesha Harper, 24, along with their two young daughters, London Drake, 1, and Island Drake, who is 4, visited a Family Dollar store.

"The employee said they had just taken "a bunch" of toys without paying", the report states. Ames and Harper are shocked and unaware of why the police are surrounding the vehicle and pointing a gun.

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Later on, after the family is out of the auto, Harper is confronted by one of the officers who berates her for not having put her hands up.

"We owe it to our residents", she said. "I made him spread his feet".

"When I tell you to do something you f*****g do it", the policeman yelled.

Officers were responding to a shoplifting report and could be heard screaming, "I'm going to put a cap in your ass", and "You're going to f***ing get shot!" "I feared that she was hiding something or reaching for a weapon", Meyer wrote.

Harper said at a news conference this week that she was trying to tell the officers that she was in a backseat with her kids and couldn't immediately get out of the auto.

Seconds later, Ames is yanked off the ground and pushed up against the squad vehicle, his feet about shoulder-width apart. And said, "she became loud, verbally abusive, and refused our commands". She chose to give her two children to a "complete stranger because I didn't trust the police to have her".

"Chief Jerri Williams has told PSB to conduct an investigation into this", Thompson said.

Meanwhile, Ames was read his Miranda rights while handcuffed in the back of another cop vehicle. Phoenix police officers were responsible for more than half of them. "He stated that he knew that they had shoplifted from the store and that he threw the pair of underwear out of the window because he knew it was stolen".