Phoenix Mayor Apologises After Police Threaten To Shoot Black Family

BBC News:– The mayor of the US city of Phoenix has apologised after a video allegedly showing police threatening to shoot a black family went viral.

Officers were responding to an alleged shoplifting incident last month when the video was recorded.

Police officers can be seen shouting at the family to get out of their vehicle before threatening them.

The parents say they did not realise their four-year-old had taken a $1 (£0.79) Barbie doll from a store.

Mayor Kate Gallego said the officers’ actions were “completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional”.

Ms Gallego said in a statement: “There is no situation in which this behaviour is ever close to acceptable. As a mother myself, seeing these children placed in such a terrifying situation is beyond upsetting.

“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through and I apologise to our community.”

She said that the city was speeding up the implementation of body-worn cameras. A community meeting about the incident will also be held on Tuesday.

In the video, Iesha Harper can be seen emerging from the car with her two young children. The children are handed to a bystander and Ms Harper is arrested.

Screen grab from video

The footage also shows another man, Dravon Ames, being kicked in the legs as he is handcuffed by an officer.

The couple are preparing to sue the city for $10 million over the incident.

Harper, Ames and children

Rapper Jay Z’s Roc Nation company has offered the pair legal support.

Roc Nation Managing Director of Philanthropy Dania Diaz said in a statement: “We are calling for the immediate termination of the police officers in question. We are committed to supporting the family to ensure justice is served.”

Ms Harper, who is pregnant, told CNN: “I really thought he was going to shoot me in front of the kids.”

She said that she gave her two children to a bystander as she “didn’t trust the police”.

Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams

Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams said on local news that she was “sorry this incident happened” and that it was being investigated.

The officers involved have been assigned desk duty while the investigation takes place.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Sadly some in law enforcement don’t see Black people as human, so they don’t feel obliged to act in a humane way towards us. You have a guy in New York who lost his life for selling cigarettes, as he was placed in a choke hold. They treat animals in a more humane manner. Some of these officers are probably predisposed to bad behavior. Is a person’s life worth .79 cents? I think not. Only when money has to be paid out that officials realize the magnitude of their behavior. I am glad they are getting sued.

  2. What have” we ” black people done in this world to be treated this way? Ready to kill for 79p?

    • oh no no Nacilia, these arent black people, these are niggers. There is a huge difference. dont confuse the two.

  3. niggers always stealing things from stores in America. its such a big problem that businesses have started to leave black communities. I completely understand why the officers did what they did and I do not side with the “victims”. Blacks in america are a whole different breed. A real gutter culture of a fallen people. Im sure the mother would have realized that the child was in possession of a doll that they did not enter the store with. And FYI barbie dolls do not cost $1 so thats a blatant lie. The mother, who im sure is the enabler here should be arrested. Black people in America and the world over are an embarrassment to the human race and are perpetual victims who can never seem to be held accountable for their actions. * spits on floor*

    • There is also video footage if the parents stealing from the store. However, the police did act professionally and used unnecessary brute force and language in their handling of the matter.

  4. Chimpy you are such an ass. A 4 yr old takes a toy without the parents knowledge and this happens, there your ignorance has taken over whatever smarts you migh have had. You know what chimpy am sorry I didn’t realize how stupid, non educated ass you are. I bet your bank account must be very low. People like you have no prosperity in you, all you do is drag others, real crab in a barrel

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