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$10M claim alleges Phoenix police violated family's rights

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 20:50:06-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A $10 million legal claim alleges Phoenix police officers committed civil rights violations by pointing guns and profanely yelling commands at the father and pregnant mother of two young daughters because one of the children, unbeknownst to the parents, had shoplifted a doll at a store.

Parents Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper alleged an officer injured their 1-year-old daughter on May 29 by pulling on her arm after the mother refused a command to put the child down.

The notice of claim filed Wednesday said Ames was injured by police who erroneously claimed he wasn't complying with commands.

Police are investigating the misconduct allegations.

The accounts of the encounter provided by the family and police are conflicting.

Police says there were other stolen items in the vehicle besides the doll.