Phoenix Mayor & Police Chief Address Video Of Family Being Threatened By Police

Phoenix's mayor and police chief address the controversial cop interaction.

(AllHipHop News) A young girl walking out of a Family Dollar store without paying for a doll ended with police pointing guns at a Phoenix family. Video of cops threatening Dravon Ames, his pregnant fiancee Aisha Harper, and their two young daughters spread across the internet.

According to AZ Central, Jay-Z's Roc Nation is offering legal assistance to Ames and Harper. The couple claimed the police officers violated their civil rights and committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, and infliction of emotional distress. They are reportedly seeking $10 million from the city. Team ROC, the philanthropic wing of Roc Nation, hired Alex Spiro to join the family's legal team pro-bono.

"There is no place for that behavior in our world – let alone our justice system – and we are calling for the immediate termination of the police officers in question," stated Dania Diaz, Roc Nation Managing Director of Philanthropy. "We are committed to supporting the family to ensure that justice is served.”

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego issued a statement on Twitter. She called the interaction "inappropriate" and "clearly unprofessional." Gallego also announced the police force's body cameras will be equipped by August, and she called for a community meeting on June 18.

"I assure you this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers that serve this city," said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams in a Facebook video. The May 27th matter is currently being reviewed by the Phoenix Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau.

Comments (2)

Fire those racist cops. If they do that for a kid walking out with a 99 cent doll imagine what else they would do. They either need better training or better people in charge of that police force. It wasnt just one officer, they all acted in a similar fashion.