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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 06:07 PM

$10M claim says Phoenix police violated family's rights

PHOENIX (AP) A $10 million legal claim was filed against the city of Phoenix that says police officers committed civil rights violations by pointing guns and profanely yelling commands at the father and pregnant mother of two young daughters because one of the children, unbeknownst to the parents, had shoplifted a doll at a store.

Parents Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper said an officer injured their 1-year-old daughter last month by pulling on one of her arms after the mother refused a command to put the child down. The mother said the girl couldn't walk and the pavement was hot.

The notice of claim filed Wednesday also said Ames was injured by police who erroneously claimed he wasn't complying with their commands after Ames exited the vehicle that the family was traveling in.

An officer is accused of throwing Ames against a vehicle, kicking his leg so hard that Ames collapsed and punching him for no reason. The claim said one of the officers profanely told Ames in front of his children that he was going to shoot him in the face.

Read more: https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/m-claim-says-phoenix-police-violated-family-s-rights/article_96b3f0a2-bdad-5ca6-a894-945899de9592.html

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