Phoenix parents want cops fired after child incident

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Published on June 17, 2019 - Duration: 02:17s

Phoenix parents want cops fired after child incident

24-year-old Iesha Harper and her 22-year-old fiance Dravon Ames said on Monday that the apologies by the Phoenix mayor and the police chief were a 'slap in the face' because the police officers who pointed a gun at them in a video that has gone viral are still working.

The parents' attorney Sandra Slaton said the actions by the police were 'truly barbaric'.

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Phoenix parents want cops fired after child incident

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) 24-year-old Iesha Harper and her 22-year-old fiance Dravon Ames said on Monday the apologies by the Phoenix mayor and the police chief were a 'slap in the face' because the police officers who pointed a gun at them in the viral video are still working.

"I was very much so in fear for my family's life and my life.

I thought we were all going to be executed," Ames said.

The mayor of Phoenix apologized on Twitter on Saturday and called a community meeting for this week amid public anger over a viral video showing police pointing a gun at the parents of a 4-year-old child over allegations she shoplifted a doll.

Cellphone video showed a Phoenix officer drawing his weapon and shouting profanities after a father, mother and two young daughters left the Family Dollar store on May 27.

The parents were unaware one of their girls took a doll without paying for it, according to the family.

Police said they were tipped off to the theft by employees.

Officers confronted the family in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex, with at least one pulling his gun, cursing at the adults and yelling at them to put up their hands, while threatening to shoot them if they failed to comply, according to the cellphone video.

Mayor Kate Gallego wrote on Twitter late on Saturday that the incident, which sparked anger on social media, made her feel "sick." She apologized to the family and noted that the city would speed up the rollout of body-worn cameras so that every police precinct has them by August.

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