'The mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, has apologised after video footage emerged showing police officers pointing their guns and threatening to shoot a father and his pregnant partner after their four-year-old daughter allegedly took a Barbie doll from a store without paying.
The incident, caught on camera by bystanders, has prompted an internal police investigation and spurred the family to make a $10m civil claim against the city.
Phoenix’s mayor, Kate Gallego, apologized to the family on Saturday, saying in a statement that she was “sick over what I have seen in the video”.
“It was completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional. There is no situation in which this behavior is ever close to acceptable.”
My statement on the May 27th Phoenix Police incident: pic.twitter.com/1mYHQQbhWv
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 16, 2019
Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, who are engaged, reportedly said they didn’t know that their daughter had the doll when they left the Family Dollar store late last month.
Harper, 24, was pregnant, and another daughter was in the car with them. They drove into an apartment complex shortly after leaving the store, headed to their babysitter, according to CNN.
"Having been a cop for 30 years, you kind of sit back and say, 'what was going on?' And that's what we need to address." @brahmresnik's full interview with Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams: https://t.co/HM3OFF1Cq4 pic.twitter.com/qWRK0XlyaE
— 12 News (@12News) June 16, 2019
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