After girl, 4, takes doll from store, cops pull gun on parents

Phoenix police draw gun on couple after their daughter steals doll

Phoenix police draw gun on couple after their daughter steals doll

Dravon Ames and his fiancee, Iesha Harper, had just left a dollar store on May 29 with their daughters, ages 1 and 4, and where in their vehicle when they realized that the older girl had taken a doll from the store, according to a notice of claim filed Wednesday with the city.

According to the Phoenix New Times, a patrol vehicle then followed the couple to a nearby apartment complex where the family lived. Then an officer began banging against their window, yelling and threatening to kill them.

"Our hands are up, we're just trying not to get shot, trying to stay calm", Ames said.

Just last week, Officer Tim Baiardi, 44, was accused of slapping a man who was handcuffed at a Walmart.

The incident took place on May 29, the family said.

While the parents' attorney said the child and father were injured in the encounter, police said no injuries were reported to them.

"You're going to get f-king shot!" an officer screamed, as Ames' face was slammed into a police auto and his legs violently kicked apart.

The man was cuffed while being held to the ground by an officer, then lifted and shoved into a police vehicle.

Other officers could be seen handcuffing Harper after an unidentified woman came to take away her two children.

Harper, who was five months pregnant at the time, said she was terrified. She chose to give her two children to a "complete stranger because I didn't trust the police to have her".

"Get your f***ing hands up!" an officer can be heard yelling in one video.

"No threat, no resistance", said Tom Horne, an attorney representing the family.

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Police say the incident happened May 27.

"The Phoenix Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and for this reason, this incident is now being investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau", a statement from the department said.

It is not clear who recorded the video or what transpired beforehand.

The Phoenix police have not released the name of the officer.

Thompson said they can not provide additional information due to pending litigation. "He told her to put the baby on the ground, which she was unwilling to do because the baby could not walk, and the ground consisted of hot pavement", the notice read. The officer had told Ames, who was driving the vehicle, to stop, but he didn't, police said.

Police also said there were other stolen items in the vehicle during the encounter besides the doll.

Later in the series of videos, which was recorded by two different bystanders, an officer slams Ames' face against a police auto, then kicks his legs apart, while another attempts to yank Harper's 1-year-old daughter out of her arms, the Phoenix Times noted. Police are heard shouting at them to get out of the vehicle, while the woman is saying that the door by her seat does not open because it is stuck.

Harper and Ames say both their daughters are traumatized, and their 4-year-old has been having nightmares and wetting the bed since the incident.

The notice of claim also alleges that the couple's baby girl was injured when the officer tried to snatch her from her mother's arms.

The couple is still shaken up too.

"I'm supposed to protect my family, I'm cuffed up ..." I'm hearing my daughter screaming, my fiancée being handled. "It broke me down so much", he said.

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