Phoenix police chief apologizes to family over incident

Parents Police pulled guns on them after 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store in Phoenix

Cellphone video shows officers roughing Ames up and cursing him out while Harper - who is pregnant - looks on with their two kids, ages 1 and 4. Ironically, the original police incident report describes the f-word-rich shouting by the officers as "loud commands", while Harper was blamed for being "verbally abusive".

The family alleges the officer threatened to shoot them. Harper said the girl couldn't walk and the pavement was hot. No arrests were made nor were charges filed, though Ames says his auto was impounded and that the injuries he sustained have made him unable to work.

"Our hands are up, we were just trying not to get shot, trying to stay calm", he said.

The controversial video shows officers with their guns drawn yelling profanities at a couple who were with their young children.

Dravon got out of the vehicle, Meyer wrote, but Meyer failed to document the fact that he forced Ames against the hot pavement to handcuff him, slammed him against his patrol auto, and kicked him in the legs - after he was already handcuffed. Police said they were tipped off to the theft by employees.

Mayor Gallego said the city is speeding up the implementation of body-worn cameras across its police department so that every precinct will have cameras by August.

A police patrol unit followed the couple's auto, and once the family pulled into their babysitter's apartment complex, an officer approached the vehicle with his gun drawn and yanked open the front door, the claim said.

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The officers involved in the incident were not wearing body cameras.

Officers located the vehicle at an apartment complex about a mile away and claim the "male driver" told officers he had stolen a package of underwear, which he had thrown out the window, and that he was driving with a suspended license. She has also scheduled a public meeting with the police chief for the community to air its thoughts about the troubling footage of the police interaction. Police had been responding to a report of shoplifting.

While the family's notice of claim puts the incident "on or about May 29" officials have said it was 27 May.

"As soon as I was aware of the video, I began an immediate internal investigation", Chief Williams said.

Since May 29, the 4-year-old has been having nightmares and is wetting the bed, and Ames, whose vehicle was impounded, has been limping and is without transportation to get to work, the claim stated. Newly released police documents show that the cop involved was not completely honest in his report on the incident. The family says the video does not include the first five to 10 minutes of the encounter. Ames said he was anxious about his children and felt helpless during the incident. I'm hearing my daughter screaming, my fiancée being handled.

Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a spokesman for the family, told CNN Ames is lucky to be alive.

The couple was released a short time later and not charged.

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