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City of Phoenix Holds Meeting to Discuss Shoplifting Case

Shoplifting Civil Rights Case
Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 16:48:53-04

TUCSON, Ariz.- — PHOENIX (AP) - The city of Phoenix has organized a community meeting at a downtown church to discuss a videotaped encounter involving police officers who pointed guns and yelled profanities at a black couple after their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store.

Mayor Kate Gallego and Police Chief Jeri Williams are expected at the Tuesday night meeting. Both have apologized publicly for the incident.

The video released Friday shows officers aiming guns and yelling profane commands at Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancée, as she held their daughter.

The couple filed a $10 million claim against the city alleging civil rights violations. The race of the officers involved is not known.

They say their daughter stole a doll from a store without their knowledge. No charges were filed.