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USParents say cops pulled guns on them after girl took doll from store

02:50  16 june  2019
02:50  16 june  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Soon after they left the store , Ames said the couple pulled into an apartment complex to drop Ames said there were no sirens or lights to indicate that they were being pulled over beforehand and The incident took place on May 29, the family said . Police said they were made aware of video on June 11.

Soon after they left the store , Ames said the couple pulled into an apartment complex to drop their The incident took place on May 29, the family said . Police said they were made aware of video on Another officer appears to be pulling a gun on the passenger side of the couple's vehicle before

Parents say cops pulled guns on them after girl took doll from store© KPHO Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper Phoenix

A couple has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Phoenix Police Department alleging civil rights violations and police brutality after an officer allegedly pulled their guns on the family. Unbeknownst to Dravon Ames and Lesha Harper, their 4-year-old daughter had taken a doll from a Family Dollar Store, CBS affiliate KPHO reported.

The family claims they weren't aware their daughter had taken the doll until they were in their car and on their way to a nearby apartment complex where their babysitter lived. That's when they said a police car silently pulled up behind them and an officer went up to Ames and allegedly pointed a gun at him.

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Phoenix police, who said they are conducting an internal probe of the May 29 incident, on Tuesday Other officers could be seen handcuffing Harper after an unidentified woman came to take care of Harper said at a press conference this week that she was trying to tell the officers that she was in a

A Phoenix couple filed M claim against the city after a video showed police officers arresting and drawing a gun on them when their daughter, 4 The couple drove the girls to their babysitter at an apartment complex nearby, where they were stopped and confronted by police in the parking lot.

According to the suit, Ames was pulled out of the car, kicked in the right leg and punched in the back — all while Harper, who is pregnant, and her 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughter remained in the car. The officer reportedly also pointed his gun at Harper and her children.

"We're talking about a little doll that's worth maybe $5 and the horrors that came from the overreaction to that," former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who is representing the family.

Ames and Harper said they were threatened and handcuffed. They said the incident occurred May 29, though police contend it happened on May 27.

The Phoenix Police Department said it was opening an investigation after partial footage of the incident was released by a bystander. The family says the video does not include the first five to 10 minutes of the encounter. No arrests were made nor were charges filed, though Ames says his car was impounded and that the injuries he sustained have made him unable to work.

"After this, me and my daughters will never be the same anymore or feel the same for police because it seems like every police is out for blood or something. We wasn't really doing anything," Harper said during a press conference.

The Family Dollar Store declined to press charges after the doll was returned. Officers were reportedly at the store to investigate an unrelated shoplifting incident.

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