PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Office of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego released a statement on Saturday in regard to the investigation of the Phoenix Police Department on accusations of misconduct during two arrests connected to a shoplifting incident.

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Gallego stressed how appalled she is by the video showing an officer taking the two people into custody.

“I, like many others, am sick over what I have seen in the video depicting Phoenix police interacting with a family and young children. It was completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional," said Gallego in the statement release. "There is no situation in which this behavior is ever close to acceptable. As a mother myself, seeing these children placed in such a terrifying situation is beyond upsetting," Gallego said in a statement Saturday.

The Phoenix Police Department now faces a $10 million lawsuit related to the event.

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In addition to apologizing to the Phoenix community and family involved, Gallego emphasized that this is not how she wants her city represented.

"I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community," said Gallego's statement. "This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged."

[EXPLICIT: Notice of claim filed against Phoenix PD]

Gallego says she spoke to the police chief, city manager and public safety subcommittee chairman about this matter.

Gallego shared her plans to stunt the spread of incidents like this.

"First, we are speeding up the implementation of body-worn cameras across our police force," she said. "Every single precinct will have body-worn cameras by August"

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She furthered mentioned a community meeting that will take place on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. The Phoenix police chief will be present.

"We owe it to our residents to give them an open forum to discuss their concerns with us and to propose solutions," Gallego said.


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