Billionaire Rap artist Jay-Z is stepping in to offer legal support for the Phoenix couple who was held up at gunpoint by officers because their four-year-old daughter allegedly stole a $1 doll – an incident that the chief of police says is ‘unacceptable’. The philanthropic arm of the rapper’s entertainment company Roc Nation has hired a high-powered attorney to join the legal team that is preparing to sue the city of Phoenix for $10million dollars.
Dravon Ames, 22, and Aisha Harper, 24, parents to two young children, filed a notice of claim on Thursday accusing the police officers of committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, and infliction of emotional distress. The police are also accused of violating the couple’s civil rights.. A notice of claim is a legal document filed with courts by a party which intends to bring a lawsuit. Phoenix police released a 16-page incident report accusing the couple of stealing other items from the store.
A passer-by filmed the incident from a far. In their video, the cops are heard yelling: ‘Put your f****** hands up or I’ll put a f****** cap in your head.’
Aisha repeatedly told them that she could not raise her arms because she was holding her baby.
Dravon got out of the car first and was put in handcuffs.
Once Iesha and the children were out of the car, one of the officers approached her aggressively, pointed his finger in her face and yelled: ‘When I tell you to do something, you f****** do it!’ as she held her baby in her arms.
‘I apologized to the family for the interaction and to be honest with you, I’m apologizing to the community too because that is not what should have happened in that circumstance.’
Too little, too late.
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