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Phoenix will pay out nearly $500k to black couple after cops pulled out guns and threatened to shoot them in front of their children after their daughter, 4, took a Barbie doll from a dollar store without them knowing (10 Pics)

The City of Phoenix is to pay nearly half a million dollars to a black family after police pointed guns at them last year, threatening to shoot the father in front of his fiancé and children after their daughter took a Barbie from a dollar store without them knowing.
Iesha Harper said at a Wednesday news conference that she and Dravon Ames will receive $475,000 from the Phoenix City Council to settle a $10 million lawsuit they launched against the city last year, accusing police of excessive force and civil rights violations.
The couple were held at gunpoint by Officer Chris Meyer and a number of others on May 27, 2019, along with their one-year-old and four-year-old daughters. Harper was also five-months-pregnant at the time.

Footage captured by a bystander that would later draw public outcry shows Meyer telling Ames: ‘I’m gonna put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head,’ as police surround the father and his young family.
Responding to the settlement Wednesday, Harper said ‘I just want to say I’m glad we got justice. It’s been hell dealing with my kids and everything that’s happened.’

Iesha Harper said at a Wednesday news conference that she and Dravon Ames will receive $475,000 from the Phoenix City Council to settle a $10 million lawsuit they launched against the city last year
Iesha Harper said at a Wednesday news conference that she and Dravon Ames will receive $475,000 from the Phoenix City Council to settle a $10 million lawsuit they launched against the city last year
The couple (shown above with the two children) were held at gunpoint by Officer Chris Meyer and a number of others on May 27, 2019, along with their one-year-old and four-year-old daughters. Harper was also five-months-pregnant at the time
The couple (shown above with the two children) were held at gunpoint by Officer Chris Meyer and a number of others on May 27, 2019, along with their one-year-old and four-year-old daughters. Harper was also five-months-pregnant at the time


Harper said he children have been left emotionally scarred from the incident and now suffer from anxiety because of it.
The settlement was passed by city leaders by a vote of six to two.
Councilman Carlos Garcia said he knows the ‘money won´t take away the trauma or the harm that´s been caused, but I hope the children will have a better life for it.’
Garcia also apologized to the couple for what they’ve been through, thanking them for their ‘bravery in telling their story and their persistence in seeking justice’.
The Phoenix Police Department has long been criticized for its use of force, which statistics show disproportionately affects Black and Native American residents, as reported by The Arizona Republic. The department also has one of the highest shooting rates in the country.
The payment would be one of the latest by the city over police actions. Payouts in connection to excessive-force or wrongful-death claims have totaled millions of dollars in the last several years.
Ames and Harpers’ encounter with the department received widespread attention when a bystander shared video of the incident online.
In the wake of the video’s emergence, Officer Meyer was fired by the department and a new policy requiring a report to be written every time an officer points a gun at someone was implemented.
The incident began when employees at a store told officers who responded to an unrelated shoplifting case that the couple's four-year-old daughter had taken a doll.
Ames and Harper were unaware their daughter had taken the $1 Barbie and had already driven away from the store. Police then followed them back to their apartment complex.
Officers didn't use lights or sirens before walking over to the couple's parked car, with their four-year-old and one-year-old daughters also inside.
‘Next thing you know, a police officer ... comes up, “Open the door,” banging on the window with a gun, saying he´s gonna shoot us in the face, telling us to get out of the car,’ Ames said.

Councilman Carlos Garcia said he knows the ‘money won´t take away the trauma or the harm that´s been caused, but I hope the children will have a better life for it'
The cops also threatened Aisha, saying: 'When I tell you to f****** do something, you f******g do it'. She told them the only reason she did not lift her arms when they asked her to was because she was holding her baby
Eventually, she handed the baby to a stranger in the parking lot because she was so afraid of them
The cops also threatened Harper, saying: 'When I tell you to f*****g do something, you f******g do it'. She told them the only reason she did not lift her arms when they asked her to was because she was holding her baby
Chilling footage from May 27 shows cops surrounding Ames and his family with guns drawn while they sat in their car
The incident is understood to have been sparked by accusations of the theft of a $1 doll
Chilling footage from May 27 shows cops surrounding Ames and his family with guns drawn. It was in their apartment complex parking lot, which police had followed them back to, after being called to a Family Dollar store where staff thought they had shoplifted 
The incident began when employees at a store told officers who responded to an unrelated shoplifting case that the couple's four-year-old daughter (seen center) had taken a doll
The incident began when employees at a store told officers who responded to an unrelated shoplifting case that the couple's four-year-old daughter (seen center) had taken a doll
In a video recorded by a resident of the apartment complex, officers can be heard yelling and cursing at the couple.
Officers can repeatedly be heard swearing in front of the youngsters, telling their parents to 'put your f***ing hands up' . One, later identified to be Meyer, can be heard saying: 'You're gonna f***ing get shot.'
Ames frantically tells them: 'My hands are up. My hands are up.'
Harper, meanwhile, stands by in tears, pleading with officers and desperately holding onto her two young children as the horror unfolds.
She cries: 'I can't put my hands up, I have a baby. I'm pregnant.'
In their lawsuit, the couple claimed police 'grabbed the mother and the baby around both of their necks, and tried to take the baby out of the mother's hand'. They said the infant sustained a 'dead arm' and later suffered nightmares and bed-wetting - something she had 'not done before'. 
It adds the infant got 'dead arm from the incident: 'Island [the couple's one-year-old child] has been having nightmares and wetting her bed, which she has not done before this incident.'
As Ames is held against a police car his partner desperately tells police she is unable to lift her arms as she is carrying her one-year-old baby. At least one child can be heard crying as they are taken to safety by witnesses.
The officer screams: 'If I tell you to do something you f***ing do it.'
Ames replies: 'Yes, sir.'
In their lawsuit, the couple claimed police 'grabbed the mother and the baby around both of their necks, and tried to take the baby out of the mother's hand'. It adds the infant got 'dead arm from the incident: 'Island [the couple's one-year-old child] has been having nightmares and wetting her bed, which she has not done before this incident.'
In their lawsuit, the couple claimed police 'grabbed the mother and the baby around both of their necks, and tried to take the baby out of the mother's hand'. It adds the infant got 'dead arm from the incident: 'Island [the couple's one-year-old child] has been having nightmares and wetting her bed, which she has not done before this incident.'


A different video begins with Ames lying on the ground as an officer handcuffs him. He's pulled off the ground and pressed against a police car before the officer kicks one of his legs open.
The claim alleged the officer kicked him so hard that Ames collapsed. He also accused the officer of punching him in the back.
Onlookers are heard calling out to the officers, asking to take the children away to avoid them from seeing their parents being detained but the pleas fall on deaf ears.
Officer Christopher Meyer (above) was later fired by the department by Police Chief Jeri Williams four months after the incident
Officer Christopher Meyer (above) was later fired by the department by Police Chief Jeri Williams four months after the incident
Cops stated in a report that Harper was 'loud' and 'verbally abusive'. The report claims an officer pulled his gun because Ames 'began to reach towards the center of the vehicle between the front seats'.
Police said Harper, the mother of the two children, remained in the vehicle and later explained that she believed one of her daughters had stolen the doll because they didn’t have any money.
Ames later admitted to stealing a pair of underwear from the dollar store, police said. 
Both parents were handcuffed and detained inside police vehicles. The couple were released after another officer arrived and defused the situation, the claim said. No one was charged and the property was returned to the store.
Meyer was later fired by the department by Police Chief Jeri Williams four months after the incident.
The Police Department's Disciplinary Review Board recommended Meyers receive a 240-hour unpaid suspension for his actions, however Williams viewed the punishment to not be severe enough.
‘A 240-hour suspension is just not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects of his actions on our department, and our community,’ she said at the time.

3 comments:


  1. how about use that money for a bounty on killing those dirty cops instead?

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  2. Wait. Even the Mom admitted shoplifting? She also admitted they had no money to buy anything. So why were they in the store? They were in the store to shoplift! Even the little girl got into the act. So the Mom was too busy stealing some panties to notice her daughter stealing a doll? Wow. if I can get 500 grand for shoplifting, I should go to a Target right now.

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