A couple from Arizona filed a $ 10 million lawsuit against the city of Phoenix claiming that police had committed civil rights violations after the video showed they were targeting the two weapons after their 4 th birthday year-old daughter had stolen a doll from a dollar store last month
Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper from Phoenix, who filed suit on Wednesday, said they would be with their children, London, on May 29, 1, and Iceland, 4, went to a family dollar store said, took a doll from the store without their knowledge.
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The couple said they drove to the apartment complex of their babysitter when a police car drove up behind them, opened the driver's door and cursed them in front of the children.
Parents said a police officer injured London by pulling on one of her arms after the mother refused. Then she ordered the child to be dropped because she said the girl could not walk and the sidewalk was hot. She also said that Ames had been injured by the police, who falsely claimed that he had not followed their orders after Ames got out of the family vehicle.
One officer is alleged to have thrown Ames against a vehicle, kicking him so hard that Ames collapsed and hit him for no reason. The claim is that one of the policemen Ames said profanely to his children that he would shoot him in the face.
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Jeri Williams, head of the Phoenix Police Department, said on Friday she had initiated an internal investigation as soon as she found out what had happened.
I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of police officers in Phoenix that serve this city, "Williams said.
The Police Department Claims The incident occurred on May 27, describing another version of the events. While the lawyer's parents reported that the child and the father had been injured at the meeting, the police reported that no injuries had been reported to them. In a Facebook post on Saturday, it was said that during the encounter, except the doll other stolen items found in the vehicle.
According to the department, an officer in an independent shoplifting call was in the dollar store when shop clerks told him about another shoplifting complaint and directed him to a vehicle that left the parking lot as the officer approached. The officer asked Ames, who drove the vehicle, to stop, but he did not, the police said.
Another woman in the car was dropped off at another location before the family reached the apartment complex. She had three pending crime orders and was booked, the police said.
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The police said Harper, the mother of the two children, stayed in the car and later explained it. She thought one of her daughters had stolen the doll because she had no money.
Both parents were handcuffed and detained in police vehicles, but they were eventually released, said Tom Horne, a lawyer representing the family.
Nobody was charged with shoplifting because the property was returned and employees of the shop did not want to prosecute the case, the police said. Ames, however, received a traffic license for driving license.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a statement she was "sick of what I saw in the video where Phoenix police interact with a family" and small children. "She called the situation" completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional. "
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The mayor added that the city is" speeding up the use of police cameras. "Each individual district will she said.
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Service has been assigned to the front desk as the department investigates.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.