A Phoenix man said aaimed weapons at his family "saved us from death". The video, released on Friday, appears to show police officers from Phoenix responding to a shoplifting report, firing rifles and ordering mundane orders to Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancé, Iesha Harper, who was holding her one-year-old child.
Parents say their 4-year-old daughter stole a doll from a family dollar store without their knowing it. They filed a $ 10 million lawsuit against the city, accusing them of violating citizens' rights by police officers.
The mobile video shows officials with their weapons repeatedly threatening Ames and Harper in front of their two young children.
I'll put a cap right in your head! "shouted an officer." You will be shot. Pick up your damn hands. "
" My hands hold my babies! "Harper replied.
The video also shows a policeman kicking Ames in the back of his leg while handcuffed.
"I was very worried about my life, about the life of my family," said Ames press conference Monday with Harper, supporters and family lawyers. "I thought we were all executed."
Harper said the officer's awareness of the viewer recording the video could have affected the officer's behavior, although he said the officer still felt he could do what he could wanted. "The video has provoked national outrage and has caused the Phoenix mayor and police chief to apologize."
Chief of the Phoenix Police Department, Jeri Williams said in a Friday afternoon video that she had initiated an internal investigation, As soon as she's been alerted to the video, the investigation continues.
"I am disturbed by the language and actions of our officer, like you. I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix policemen who serve this city, "said Williams
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego called the incident a" terrible situation "that was" unbearable. "
But Ames and Harper said the apologies were hollow because the officials involved had not been brought to justice and demanded their release.
"When the boss has to speak, she always has something to say about her officers and justifies what they did," Harper said. "I did not like that, so I do not accept her apology."
Harper said her two young children were "scared" and "traumatized" after the incident, and had trouble sleeping. She said she always taught her older daughter to trust policemen, but the girl "had to find out for herself that she could not rely on the police."
Not bad, but that was her first impression, "said Ames.
Harper said it breaks her heart every time she sees the video.
" It still hurts. It's haunting me, "Harper said." It should not have happened over a baby doll, or whatever the case they wanted to say. That still does not justify their actions, period. "
Earlier this year, a report commissioned by Williams stated that this was 2018. The most violent year since the existence of the Phoenix Police Department.There were 44 shootings of officials – most In April, CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues Williams asked, "There are some people who think:" Well, are Phoenix cops Trigger Happy? "
" So there are some people who think a lot, my agency is not afraid of the truth, "Williams replied. "If there's anything we can learn, let's learn, let's fix it."
Police say Ames also stole a pair of underwear, drove a suspended driver's license, and refused to do so several times disputes. The family lets the police track them from the Family Dollar store to a parking lot at their babysitter's house where the incident happened. They say that officers never turned on their lights or suggested they drive by. According to the police, no one was charged with shoplifting because the property was returned and the shop staff refused to pursue the case.
Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a civil rights activist in Phoenix, said the police report of the events was "full" of lies "and that officials were attempting to criminalize the family. [19659003MaupinsaidthefamilyhadnotreceivedapersonalapologyandurgedleaderstofloodacommunitymeetingonTuesdayandameetingofthePhoenixCityCouncilonWednesday