Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Phoenix officer pulled gun after child took doll from store

Phoenix officer pulled gun after child took doll from store

Footage from another, ground-level angle, showed an officer with a drawn gun repeatedly yelling, "Get your f-- hands up!"

He only writes, "Iesha (Harper) was then removed from the vehicle".

Phoenix police spokesperson Tommy Thompson told ABC15 that both officers (the one who pointed a gun at Harper and her children, and Officer Meyer) are still working but are on "non-enforcement assignments". But chief of police said she was "disturbed by the language and the actions" of the officers, and Mayor Kate Gallego called for change. The claim said one of the officers profanely told Ames in front of his children that he was going to shoot him in the face.

Ames said there were no sirens or lights to indicate that they were being pulled over beforehand and the officer who was pointing a gun at them did not immediately identify himself as an officer.

Witnesses captured video of several Phoenix police officers, apparently drunk on power, screaming, cursing, and attempting to pull Harper's baby from her arms.

"The Phoenix Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and for this reason, this incident is now being investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau", the department said.

Harper said it was all over a barbie doll her 4-year-old took from the store without her noticing. She refused to get her hands up and stated, 'I have my child in here, I am not putting my hands up.' She continued to refuse to put her hands in the air and continued to keep them down by the seat.

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Neither Ames nor Harper were arrested or ticketed, though they were detained by the police, the Phoenix New Times reported. She had three outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was booked, police said. He told the officers "He was scared when he saw the police officer and he wanted to leave".

The filing from the family alleges that Ames was thrown against a vehicle and kicked so hard that he collapsed before a police officer "kept his knee between the father's legs".

Horne said the officers acted against the family based on an anonymous tip and not from information from any employee at the dollar store.

The couple was released a short time later and not charged.

The couple's attorney, former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, added that the officers violated his clients' civil rights. Ames was then given a citation for driving on a suspended license. Police said they were made aware of video on June 11.

That same officer screamed profanities at both parents, and tried to take the mother's baby from her arms. He also allegedly admitted to throwing a pair of "stolen underwear" out the window. Unbeknownst to the parents, one of their daughters had swiped a doll from the store without paying for it.

The Phoenix Police Department did not return The Post's request for comment, but in a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday contested many details in the claim. The family's notice of claim says it happened May 29.

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