PHOENIX – Police Chief Jeri Williams promised to change department after being booed by hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday evening to discuss a video-recorded police dispute that had sparked a nationwide outcry.
The meeting in a downtown church was convened by the city following the release of a video of police officers who used their weapons to summon obscenities against a black family last month. Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancé, Iesha Harper, who held her 1-year-old daughter in the hand, say her 4-year-old daughter stole a doll from a shop without her knowledge.
"Real change begins with the community." Williams said to a sometimes hostile crowd composed mostly of blacks and Hispanics.
"Real change begins with the dismissal of the officers! Release them!" A woman screamed to the stage where Williams, who is himself black, sat next to Mayor Kate Gallego and other leaders of the City of Phoenix.
Williams seemed frustrated at times, assuring the gathering that the meeting would not be the last. [1
The couple demanded dismissal of officials.
Ames briefly turned to the crowd and applauded when he and his family said they were lucky to be alive after the incident.
"Nobody should ever try to justify what happened that day," he said.
"We are important," Harper said, holding on to the couple's 1-year-old.  The father of Jacob Harris, a black 19-year-old man shot dead by a Phoenix officer Following an armed robbery in a fast-food restaurant, Phoenix police also spoke to others at the meeting in January Shootings related to the police had been killed. On Tuesday, Phoenix police released a surveillance video to substantiate their claim that adults, and not just a child, had shoplifted before the incident.
The store video is difficult to track as it has been edited and the subjects' faces are blurry. It shows a man taking something off a shelf and examining it, but it's unclear what happened to the package when he left the camera.
Another video clip later shows a little girl with a doll in a box that comes off the shelf business accompanied by adults.
Last week's police statement said in late May that Dravon Ames had told the police that he had thrown a pair of stolen underwear out of his car. Police also say that a woman traveling in another vehicle was separately arrested for stealing aluminum foil.
A video of a viewer released last week shows gun-targeted officials and Ames and his pregnant fiancée Iesha Harper holding mundane orders holding their 1-year-old daughter. They say that her 4-year-old daughter took a dummy from a store without her knowledge.
The shop decided not to prosecute and no charges were filed.
The couple filed a $ 10 million lawsuit against the city for a civil rights violation as a precursor to a lawsuit. The breed of officers is unknown.
Ames has a pending case of serious personal injury to a police officer in an independent case that was caused by a traffic accident in a suburb of Tempe, Arizona, last year. Court documents state that Ames has repeatedly tried unsuccessfully to kick police officers when they arrested him on suspicion of marijuana. According to files.
The Phoenix Police have not responded to repeated questions as to whether the officers of the video-recorded encounter after the alleged shoplifting were aware of or influenced by the earlier case of Ames. Civil Rights Attorney Sandra Slaton said on Monday that the previous case was irrelevant.
The police chief has announced an investigation into the actions of officials. The Phoenix Police Force urges reassurance and says it will not comment until after the investigation.
The viewer's video finds itself in the midst of an investigation by police departments in Phoenix and other cities in a database apparently containing thousands of bigoted or violent social media posts by active and former officers.
Williams has relocated some officers to non-enforcement jobs while the department is investigating Facebook posts that she calls "embarrassing and annoying."
The published database Earlier this month, the Plain View Project covered nearly 180 posts tied to current Phoenix police officers, deterring Muslims, blacks, transgender people, and other groups.