Jay-Z is doing his utmost to provide legal support to the Phoenix couple who were being fired at by agents for allegedly stolen by their four-year-old daughter of a $ 1 Barbie doll – an incident that police chief said & # 39; unacceptable & # 39; is.
The philanthropic department of Roc Nation, the rapper's entertainment organization, has hired a powerful lawyer to join the legal team that is preparing to sue the city of Phoenix for $ 10 million.
Dravon Ames, 22, and Aisha Harper, 24, parents of two young children, filed a complaint on Thursday to accuse the police of committed battery, unlawful detention, false arrest, and emotional stress.
Jay-Z & # 39; s (seen above in Oakland on June 5) The Roc Nation entertainment company will provide legal support to the young Phoenix family, filmed under police gun threat after their four-year-old daughter reportedly had stolen a $ 1 doll from a store
In the footage released on Friday, agents can point their arms at pregnant Iesha Harper and the one-year-old daughter in her arms as they tell the 22-year-old father of the children, Dravon Ames: & I'm going off * * * ing cap in your fucking head. & # 39; The family is pictured during a press conference about their plans to sue the city for $ 10 million
Chilling images of May 29 show police officers around Ames and his family with drawn weapons. The incident is believed to have been fueled by allegations of the theft of a $ 1 doll
A claim notification is a legal document that has been submitted by a party to a court that intends to bring a lawsuit.
The police also claim that the couple were combative during the meeting and that officers were afraid that they were armed.
In disturbing video footage of an incident released at the end of May on Friday, policemen are shown aiming their weapons at a pregnant Harper who was holding her one-year-old daughter while she said to Ames: & I'm going to fuck headline. & # 39;
The officers allegedly responded to a report about a theft in a Family Dollar store.
The parents say they were not aware that their older daughter had taken the doll out of the store.
Team ROC announced that it would provide legal assistance to the family. It also calls for the police officers to be fired.
The company also announced that it would hire Alex Spiro, a well-known lawyer, to work pro bono with the family's lawyers.
Team ROC says it also plans additional legal action against the police.
Jeri Williams, chief of police Phoenix, said on Sunday that she apologized to the family for the & # 39; unacceptable & # 39; behavior of the officers
Dania Diaz, director of philanthropy Roc Nation, called the incident & # 39; absolutely pathogenic & # 39 ;.
& # 39; There is no place for that behavior in our world – let alone our legal system – and we demand that the police officers involved be eliminated immediately, & # 39; said Diaz.
& # 39; We are committed to supporting the family to ensure that justice is served. & # 39;
Roc Nation has provided assistance in other cases of perceived injustice that prevailed nationally.
In November 2018, the company became involved in the case of a black man who was arrested while wearing a hoodie in a shopping mall in Memphis.
It also came to the aid of an 11-year-old boy from Florida who was arrested for refusing to stand up for the promise of loyalty earlier this year.
Roc Nation also fought the authorities' plan to deport rapper 21 Savage.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Jeri Williams, the chief of police, said she had apologized to the family.
& # 39; What we saw in that video is inconsistent with good police work, it is unacceptable & # 39 ;, she said KPNX TV.
& # 39; I apologized to the family for the interaction and to be honest, I apologize to the community, because that's not what should have happened in that circumstance. & # 39;
Jay-Z's company has hired highly inspired lawyer Alex Spiro (above) to offer pro bono assistance to the family's legal team
Roc Nation has become involved in other high-profile cases, including the arrest of a black man in November 2018 wearing a hoodie in a shopping mall in Memphis (left) and the government's efforts to deport rapper 21 Savage (right)
Williams said the behavior of the officers & # 39; unacceptable & # 39; and that the department gives the highest priority to internal investigation into the case.
& # 39; After being a police officer for 30 years, sit back and say: & # 39; What was going on? & # 39 ;, & # 39; Williams said.
& # 39; That is what we need to address. & # 39;
The internal probe targets two agents seen in the video – one of them has been active for more than 20 years.
# I am with everyone in the community who is angry, who is furious, I have agents who are angry and furious to see that this is the brush we are painted with when I know we are better than that, I Know that 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 responsible, & Williams said.
She said the officers did not wear cameras on the body because the cameras in that specific district have not yet been provided to the police.
Williams says she expects internal investigations to be accelerated due to the intense interest that the case has generated nationally.
Earlier on Sunday, the Mayor of Phoenix, Phoenix Gallego, had sued the local police for the incident.
Gallego made a statement on Saturday stating the terrifying incident & # 39; completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional & # 39; called.
She has demanded a thorough investigation.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (above) has a lamentation of the police on Saturday
Gallego is also speeding up the deadline for cameras & # 39; s worn by the police until August and has scheduled a community meeting to discuss the matter Tuesday.
Ames and Harper say a Phoenix police officer injured their one-year-old daughter by pulling one of her arms after the mother refused an order to put the child down.
Harper said the girl could not walk and that the pavement was hot.
Harper said she was fascinated after she gave the child to a bystander and was thrown into a police vehicle for the first time.
The officer who pulled the child's arm had told Prophet Harper that he could have shot her for her children.
The claim notification also said Ames was injured when an officer threw him against a vehicle, kicking his leg so hard that the father collapsed and hit him for no reason.
According to the claim, one of the Ames officers told his children, unnecessarily, that he would shoot him in the face.
& # 39; He kicked me hard, & # 39; said Ames. & # 39; I'm still limp & # 39;
& # 39; No threat, no resistance & # 39 ;, said Tom Horne, a lawyer representing the family. & # 39; It was completely wrong. & # 39;
They want $ 2.5 million for each family member.
The former attorney general added: & # 39; We are talking about a small doll that might be worth $ 5 and the horror that resulted from the exaggerated responses to it. & # 39;
Police said they had reported no injuries and claimed that other stolen items were in the car.
& # 39; After this, I and my daughters will never be the same or feel the same for the police, because it seems like every police (sic) is looking for blood or something. We were not (really) doing anything, & Harper said during a press conference, AZFamily.com reported.
Chief Williams said in a video on Friday that she understands & # 39; & # 39; when she approached the alarmed public response to the images the police said of May 27, but the claim dates of the family on May 29. She also said she supports the power as they continue to investigate.
& # 39; I, like you, have been disturbed by the language and actions of our officer. I can assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of the Phoenix police officers serving this city, & she told viewers.
Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin, said: “They kept weapons on these little girls. They held weapons against these two parents.
& # 39; They just tortured this … Dad was sitting next to me. & # 39;
Civil rights activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin (center left next to lawyer Tom Horne), said: “They kept weapons on these little girls. They held weapons against these two parents. They just tortured this … Dad sat next to me & # 39;
Harper said at the press conference: & # 39; After this, my daughters will never have been the same again. It seems that the police are always looking for blood & # 39;
In the clip, Harper, 24, is in tears, begging with officers and desperately holding on to her two young children as the horror unfolds.
She cries: & # 39; I can't get my hands on, I have a baby. I'm pregnant. & # 39;
Two videos & # 39; s made by spectators show the full extent of the meeting between the young family and the police.
In one clip, officers can be heard repeatedly swearing at the youth, and telling their parents to raise your hands & # 39 ;. One can be heard saying: & # 39; You are going to be shot. & # 39;
Ames furiously tells them: & # 39; My hands are up. My hands are up. & # 39;
In a lawsuit, they claim that the police beat the mother and baby around their necks and tried to get the baby out of the mother's hand. It adds that the baby has received & # 39; death from the incident: & # 39; Island (the couple's one-year-old child) has had nightmares and wet her bed, which she has never done before. & # 39;
While Ames is being held against a police car, his partner desperately tells the police that she is unable to raise her arms while carrying her one-year-old baby. At least one child can be heard crying when it is secured by witnesses.
The officer shouts: & # 39; If I tell you to do something, you do it. & # 39;
Ames replies: & # 39; Yes, sir. & # 39;
Two videos & # 39; s made by spectators show the full extent of the shocking encounter. In one clip, officers can be heard repeatedly swearing at the youth
His pregnant fiancé, Iesha Harper, 24, allows tears, begs officers, and desperately holds onto her two young children as the horror unfolds
In the second clip, spectators are calling on the children to prevent them from seeing their parents being held.
Ames told The Phoenix New Times: & # 39; We think we were shot because he remained threatening, & # 39; I'm going to shoot you in the face & # 39 ;. We were so scared. & # 39;
Another woman who was in the vehicle was dropped off at another location before the family reached the apartment complex. It is clear that the parents had just moved into the parking lot to leave their children with a babysitter if their car was surrounded.
Ames said: & # 39; A police officer, we don't know who he is, a guy, a random guy came to the door with a gun banging on the window, says he'll shoot us in the face and tell us he get out of the car. He did not warn us that we are being pulled over by something.
& # 39; If you watch the video pretty well, I have been pulled out of the car and I fly back and he will grab me from the car. My hands were higher all the time. & # 39;
Police stated in a report that Harper & # 39; loud & # 39; and & # 39; verbally abusive & # 39; used to be. The report claims that an officer pulled his gun because Ames & # 39; began to reach to the center of the vehicle between the front seats & # 39 ;.
According to the police, Harper, the mother of the two children, remained in the vehicle and later explained that she believed that one of her daughters had stolen the doll because they had no money.
Both parents were handcuffed and detained in police vehicles, but they were eventually released, Horne said.
The family is now claiming $ 10 million in damages from the police, who say they are investigating the incident that does not suspect Ames or Harper has been arrested
According to a police report, Ames admitted to shoplifting and threw underwear out the window.
No one was charged with shoplifting because the property was returned and shop assistants did not want the case to be prosecuted, police said. But Ames received a traffic report for driving with a suspended driver's license.
Horne said the parents didn't know their daughter had taken the doll until they were in the vehicle that left the store.
Horne said the family had been taken by officers approaching them in the apartment complex because the police had not turned on their lights or sirens that would have indicated they would stop.
Their claim is: & # 39; Police officers have committed battery, unlawful detention, false arrest, inflicting emotional distress and violation of civil rights in accordance with the 5th and 14th amendments of the US Constitution.
& # 39; The first officer grabbed the mother and the baby around their necks and tried to take the baby out of the mother's hand. & # 39;
The images were sentenced online. In one clip, officers can be heard repeatedly swearing at the youth, and telling their parents to raise your hands & # 39 ;. You can hear one saying: & # 39; You're going to get f *** ing shot & # 39;
Arizona Senator Martín Quezada condemned the images on Twitter and wrote: & # 39; This is all that is wrong today with #LawEnforcement. My # LD29 # Maryvale community deserves better than this kind of unforgivable and unjustified anger and abuse of power from the @phoenixpolice. & # 39;
The Phoenix police have told KNXV TV the officer who has sworn has a & # 39; non-enforceable assignment & # 39 ;. The other officer who drew his gun is still supposed to be on patrol.
In a statement on their Facebook page, the police wrote: & # 39; On June 11, 2019, we received a video from an officer who detained two people during an investigation into a shoplifting off 3200 East Roosevelt Street.
& # 39; This happened after the suspicious vehicle had stopped a short distance from the scene of the theft. It concerned a man and a woman with two small children.
& # 39; The Phoenix police take all allegations of misconduct seriously and therefore this incident is currently being investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau. & # 39;
DailyMail.com has contacted the Phoenix police for comments.
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