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Phoenix police chief APOLOGIZES to family for the 'unacceptable behavior' of officers who threatened to shoot them after 'their daughter, four, stole a $1 Barbie doll'

In the footage released Friday, cops can be seen pointing their guns at pregnant Iesha Harper and the one-year-old daughter in her arms while telling the children's 22-year-old father Dravon Ames: 'I'm gonna put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head.' The family are pictured during a press conference about their plans to sue the city for $10million

  • Rapper's Roc Nation entertainment company will offer legal assistance to the family of Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper
  • Ames, 22; Harper, 24; and their two young children were threatened at gunpoint by police officers who allege that one of the kids stole a $1 Barbie doll 
  • Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego lambasted local police in a statement on Saturday 
  • It came the day after disturbing video emerged which showed officers threatening to 'put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head'
  • Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said on Sunday she has apologized to the family for the 'unacceptable' behavior of the officers
  • Phoenix police allege that the couple stole additional items from the store and that they were combative during the arrest
  • Gallego is also expediting the deadline for police-worn cameras to August and has scheduled a community meeting to discuss the matter on Tuesday
  • Ames and Harper are preparing to sue the city for $10million over the incidentThe Phoenix police chief has apologized to a family for the 'unacceptable' behavior of officers who threatened them at gunpoint after their four-year-old daughter stole a $1 Barbie from a Family Dollar store but claims there is 'more' to their story than has been revealed. 

Dravon Ames, 22, and Iesha Harper, 24, parents to two young children, were held up in their car at gunpoint in May after police were called to a Family Dollar store in the Arizona city.  

A passer-by filmed the incident from a far. In their video, the cops are heard yelling: 'Put your f****** hands up or I'll put a f****** cap in your head.' 

Iesha repeatedly told them that she could not raise her arms because she was holding her baby. 

Dravon got out of the car first and was put in handcuffs. 

Once Iesha and the children were out of the car, one of the officers approached her aggressively, pointed his finger in her face and yelled: 'When I tell you to do something, you f****** do it!' as she held her baby in her arms.

In an incident report, police said the family were suspected of shoplifting multiple items from the store but neither parent has been charged.  

After footage of the incident emerged, the philanthropic arm of Jay Z's entertainment company Roc Nation stepped in to help. It has hired a high-powered attorney to join the legal team that is preparing to sue the city of Phoenix for $10million. 

Jeri Williams, the city's police chief, spoke out on Sunday to denounce the officers' actions. 

She said they had been placed on desk duty pending an investigation. 

But rather than declare the parents innocent, she maintained that they had stolen from the store. 

In the footage released Friday, cops can be seen pointing their guns at pregnant Iesha Harper and the one-year-old daughter in her arms while telling the children's 22-year-old father Dravon Ames: 'I'm gonna put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head.' The family are pictured during a press conference about their plans to sue the city for $10million

In the footage released Friday, cops can be seen pointing their guns at pregnant Iesha Harper and the one-year-old daughter in her arms while telling the children's 22-year-old father Dravon Ames: 'I'm gonna put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head.' The family are pictured during a press conference about their plans to sue the city for $10million 

Chilling footage from May 29 shows cops surrounding Ames and his family with guns drawn
The incident is understood to have been sparked by accusations of the theft of a $1 doll

Chilling footage from May 29 shows cops surrounding Ames and his family with guns drawn. The incident is understood to have been sparked by accusations of the theft of a $1 doll

Cops scream at family with kids while holding them at gunpoint
Jeri Williams, Phoenix's chief of police, said on Sunday that she has apologized to the family for the 'unacceptable' behavior of the officers
Jay-Z's (seen above in Oakland on June 5) Roc Nation entertainment company will offer legal support to the young Phoenix family filmed being threatened at gunpoint by police officers after their four-year-old daughter allegedly stole a $1 doll from a store

Jeri Williams, Phoenix's chief of police, said on Sunday that she has apologized to the family for the 'unacceptable' behavior of the officers. Jay Z has offered to pay the family's legal bills

'What we saw in that video isn't in keeping with good policing, it's unacceptable,’ she told KPNX-TV.

 ‘I apologized to the family for the interaction and to be honest with you, I'm apologizing to the community too because that is not what should have happened in that circumstance. 

'At the same time, there are more facts to this story. On May 27, adults made the choice to go into a local business and steal items and commit a theft,' she said. 

She claims the family then drove away, against police instructions, and that another adult was there. 

That adult got out of the vehicle and it drove away again. 

When it stopped a second time is when the video began, she claimed.   

The internal probe is focused on two officers seen in the video - one of whom has been on the force for more than 20 years.

‘I am with everyone in the community who is angry, who is outraged, I have officers out there who are angry and outraged to see this is what brush we are being painted with when I know we that we're better than that, I know this department is better than that, I know our community is better than that but at the end of the day I have to take responsibility and be accountable,’ Williams said. 

Williams says she expects the internal investigation to be expedited due to the intense interest the case has generated nationwide.

Dania Diaz, Roc Nation’s managing director of philanthropy, called the incident ‘absolutely sickening.’

‘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,’ Diaz said.

‘We are committed to supporting the family to ensure that justice is served.’

Roc Nation has offered assistance in other cases of perceived injustice that made headlines nationwide.

In November 2018, the company got involved in the case of a black man who was arrested while wearing a hoodie inside a mall in Memphis.

It also came to the assistance of an 11-year-old Florida boy who was arrested for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this year.

Roc Nation also fought against the authorities’ plan to deport rapper 21 Savage.  

Interview with Phoenix family threatened at gunpoint over $1 doll
Jay-Z's company has hired high-powered attorney Alex Spiro (above) to offer pro bono assistance to the family's legal team

Jay-Z's company has hired high-powered attorney Alex Spiro (above) to offer pro bono assistance to the family's legal team

A young black man is arrested for wearing a hoodie in a Memphis mall in November 2018
21 Savage

Roc Nation has gotten involved in other high-profile cases, including the November 2018 arrest of a black man who wore a hoodie inside a Memphis mall (left) and the government's efforts to deport rapper 21 Savage (right)

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 19, 2019 at 3:51pm
All the cops receive was a suspension, when they should be fired. No body cameras, if it was not for people recording this crap, no one would know the real story. The reason why these politicians are not saying a word is they do not want to lose white votes, and the police union backing another politician who is running for President.
Comment by Jeffrey L Donovan on June 18, 2019 at 5:20pm

Just imagine that type of behavior for a .79 cent toy.  This just magnifies  the perception that law enforcement have of Black people.  They would have never gone to that extent if the family was white. Thank God for video tape, because the police doctored the written police report. Look how they kicked the pregnant lady legs open; it shows police mindset as it pertains to Black people. 

Comment by Lori Graham on June 18, 2019 at 9:43am
They are not gonna lose no job WHITE AMERICA once again
Comment by mr1stroke on June 18, 2019 at 12:36am
These Negros are nit concern about blacks or the community they are there to carry black agenda, has any one realize every time something like that happens its always a black person who speak out as the chief, this is not the first incident, where were they on the last or where have they been every time something like that take place, negros complaint but will not stand up, with all these politicians in congress none of them can propose a bill or pass laws that can stop thoae racist cops, every police department are funded by the federal government if they knew they would be fired, do jail time and lose their retirement they would respect the black community, how come they dont do it in other communities? Seriously are you people paying attention
Comment by John on June 18, 2019 at 12:26am

YOU

RE A BLACK POLICE CHIEF TO STOP S*** LIKE THIS. DO YOUR JOB!!!

Comment by John on June 18, 2019 at 12:24am

I've been sayIng this for years. ALL COPS NEED TO BE DRUG TESTED!!! 50% OF THEM ARE DRUG ADDICTS. JUST LOOK HOW THEY ACT, ITS SO OBVIOUS THEY ARE HIGH AS HELL. THEY SEE THING THAT ARE NOT THERE. THEY'RE 100% PARANOID JUST LIKE ANY OTHER JUNKIE

Comment by mr1stroke on June 17, 2019 at 11:02pm
And take off that damn weaves you biches aint proud enough to grow your natural hair, how about you accept your self first you worrying about tye word n***** but youre being a n***** everyday when you wear those weaves to look like white and accepted by white people you damn n***** girl
Comment by mr1stroke on June 17, 2019 at 11:00pm
Lori Graham how about you shut the f*** and stop riding my dick, you dont exist to me why does it matter whether i am white or black or may be i would never want to classify my spef as those niggers, pick up a book learn your history and understand the meaning between a n***** and a black person, stop believing everything the white men vall you, if you b****** stop sucking dicks and pop babies may be you can have a little common sense, stop worrying about othwr people and be concern about you, now its after 10 go suck a dick do what you b****** do best in the so call hood
Comment by Lori Graham on June 17, 2019 at 7:43pm
Mr1stroke shut the f*** up get a life your probably White the way you throw the word N***** around A******
Comment by mr1stroke on June 17, 2019 at 7:40pm

the gay community compare their strugle as well as uses black strugle and the civil rights movement for their own agenda and it works, but the treament for blacks are different, the gay community is the most racist community, they dont care about any one except forcing their agenda on others for acceptance, the police are terroising the black community while they protect the gay community, if their strugle is the same as black how come they are not speaking out, how come they are not marching with us?

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