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Phoenix police defenders to address City Council after video

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 13:02:01-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Defenders of the Phoenix police are calling on people to show up at this week's regular City Council meeting to support the department amid an outcry over a video that shows officers aiming guns and obscenities at a young black family.

Nohl Rosen of Rally for Law Enforcement says group members don't believe there was anything wrong with the way officers confronted 22-year-old Dravon Ames and his 24-year-old fiancee Iesha Harper last month after a reported shoplifting. Harper is six months pregnant and was holding the couple's 1-year-old.

Rosen says the group decided to attend the Wednesday afternoon meeting after anti-police protesters crowded last week's.

The couple has filed a $10 million claim against the city.

They say their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from the store without their knowledge.