- Phoenix police have released a new video showing the alleged shoplifting incident that prompted a controversial stand-off with a family of four last month.
- Officers held Iesha Harper, Dravon Ames, and their two kids at gunpoint after police said their 4-year-old daughter shoplifted a doll.
- But the video may contradict the family’s story, appearing to show Ames stealing underwear.
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Phoenix police have released a new video showing the shoplifting incident that prompted a tense standoff between cops and a family of four last month.
Iesha Harper, her fiancé Dravon Ames, and their two daughters had just finished shopping at a dollar store on May 27 when officers accused them of shoplifting, prompting a heated exchange.
The family said their 4-year-old daughter had stolen a doll without their knowledge, and that the mistake didn’t warrant a forceful arrest or having a gun pointed at them.
But the new video from the Phoenix police department appears to contradict the family’s story.
In addition to showing their daughter walking out of a store with a doll, there’s also a surveillance clip that appears to show Ames stealing underwear, as well.
The family has not responded to the new video yet.
The family is threatening to sue for $US10 million
On Monday, the couple called for the officers involved to be fired.
“Behind the desk isn’t good enough for me,” Harper said, according to AZ Central. “Sooner or later, they’re going to be right back out on the streets. They should be fired. Their job is to protect and serve.”
Her fiancé added that the way they were arrested was more intense than he has seen in more serious incidents.
“I’ve seen people shoot up schools and walk up to a police car, and they were treated with better respect than my family was,” Ames said.
The couple have retained a lawyer and are threatening to sue the city if they don’t settle with them for $US10 million.
Both the Phoenix mayor and police chief issued apologies to the family on Monday, saying the officers’ conduct was inappropriate.
The mayor scheduled a “community listening session” for Tuesday.
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