The disgusting video of Phoenix, AZ police overly aggressively confronting Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancée, Iesha Harper this week has caused a major uproar on social media and has gotten the attention of some major names…to include Jay-Z and his ROC Nation empire.
The video shows an unidentified officer cursing and threatening to shoot a pregnant mother after her 4-year-old daughter took a Barbie doll out of a local Family Dollar store.
Ames and Harper say city cops pointed guns at them while their 1-year-old and 4-year-old daughters watched, and one officer is even heard saying he will shoot Harper in the head.
An anonymous witness reported that the 4-year-old stole a $5 Barbie doll from the store. Ames says police followed them to a nearby apartment complex where the couple intended to drop their daughters off to a sitter, but when Harper, who was in the backseat with her girls, told police the backseat didn’t open, that’s when the officer threatened to shoot her.
Well now, the family has lawyered up on their own, pursuing charges and Jay-Z’s social justice department of Roc Nation, Team ROC, is also assisting the family in taking legal action against the officers involved and the city of Phoenix.
Team ROC is not only providing legal support in the form of hiring high-powered attorney, Alex Spiro pro-bono, but are also calling for the termination of the policers officers involved in the incident. Spiro is seeking charges against one of the police officers for child neglect and also helping with their civil lawsuit against the city of Phoenix, in which they are asking for $10 million in damages.
The family accuses the officers of battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional distress, and violation of civil rights. The $10 million from the City of Phoenix is justified by $2.5 million for each of the four family members. “We’re talking about a little doll that’s worth maybe $5 and the horrors that came from the overreaction to that,” said the family’s attorney, former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.