PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after they received allegations of misconduct while two people were taken into custody for a shoplifting incident.

They were provided video on June 11 of an officer taking two people into custody while investigating a theft near 32nd and Roosevelt streets.

[GRAPHIC RAW VIDEO: Citizens record on cellphones alleged Phoenix police misconduct]

Those two people have now come forward as 22-year-old Dravon Ames and 24-year-old Aisha Harper. 

The incident stemmed from accusations that their daughter stole a doll from a nearby Dollar General. 

Both Ames and Harper were later released and no charges were filed, but video of the incident shows officers with their weapons drawn, some of them using profane language. 

"If that's the way you typically stop people of color, or anybody in this city, you are asking for problems in the streets of this city," said Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who held a press conference with the family on Wednesday. 

[WATCH: Civil rights activist describes Phoenix officers as 'bigots with badges and guns']

Ames and Harper say police used excessive force after they approached their car without lights or sirens. 

"We just parked at the complex, dropping our daughter off to the babysitter," Ames said. "Next thing you know, a police officer, or we didn't know who he was, a guy, a random guy, comes up, open the door, banging on the window with a gun, saying he's gonna shoot us in the face, telling us to get out of the car." 

The family says five to ten minutes went by from when officers first approached and when people started filming. 

And police experts say that there's a lot of missing information here. 

"You know nothing about what led up to this encounter, you know nothing about what radio traffic transpired, we know nothing about the officers' state of mind to what they believed , and what their perceptions were," said retired Tempe Police Officer Kevin Boontjer. 

And while it's not clear if officers knew it at the time, Ames currently has a pending charge of aggravated assault on an officer from October of last year. 

"A police officer has every right to go home at the end of their shift as anybody else does," Boontjer said. 

Meanwhile, Phoenix PD is looking into what happened. 

"The Phoenix Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and for this reason, this incident is currently being investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau," said the Phoenix Police Department in a Facebook post.

 


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bobnarizona

Once again we, the public, is given so little information and yet everyone seems to know everything. Did the officers know it was a 4 year old who took the doll? Or were they told it was an adult? One report I read said the report was that 'adults had shoplifted' and then fled. Did someone from the store stop them once they left the store and ask about the doll? Did the officers know about the warrant due to the info on the car they left in or did that info come up later during the stop? Problem is that now that the family is demanding TEN MILLION (what a joke) the department will not release any more info. We will never get the full info. The Chief should have given more info during her speech as to what the officers knew at the time and maybe why they acted as they did. Instead, she just apologized and added fuel to their fire. All that info will come out in court but the news station will not follow up as usual.

Ronica13249

All I've notice is police officers try to cover their behind, by bringing up someones previous criminal history. I believe these officers that's in this video did not even know anything about this young man until they got him in custody. So the approach method that was use, in the case was very unnecessary, and unlawful.

cg41386

Seriously, White History Month? They aren’t a minority group.

dancinghusker

I you don't want to be arrested, don't commit a crime. It is as simple as that. Police officers' lives are threatened daily. They need to protect themselves first.

YoureAnIgnoramous

So many bigoted, hyperbolic comments in here. Are we allowed to hold Public SERVANTS accountable for misconduct without the "Thugs deserved it! MAGA!" overtly reactionary nonsense? The cops messed up here, period.

GN68

With all the money us taxpayers spend to equip police officers with vehicles ,Hardware ,equipment, guns ,tasers I find it hard to believe that these police officers did not have body cameras. City of Phoenix should make it mandatory for all police officers to wear body cameras and have them turned on when engaging with the public so there is never any question of any illegal procedures that may take place when policing anybody or any situation.

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ronlewis

says someone who give themselves the moniker of "Daddy". Someone, give this guy a grant to go to college or re-enroll. Cops do not have the right to act in this manner, they are not above the law, and they must be held accountable for their actions. If this is nothing to you, then we are blessed you cannot become a cop...oh wait, white guy with an iq of 12 can become a self serving cop. Meanwhile, your tax money will be rewarding these fine peers of your community. Congrats.

ronlewis

I'm not a part of this community, I live in Tennessee...I registered just to voice my opinion. The cops are white, racist bigots with hate in their hearts. What makes them think they can approach anyone in this manner? Things are going to change and unfortunately no one is going to want to be a police officer. If you are afraid and fear for your life, find another line of work...do not become a cop. A badge does not make your life more important than a citizen, you are a civil servant...paid to do a job, by tax payers. These cops came out spewing obscenities and to legitimize their actions some guy says well the cops don't know what they're up against...well guess what, cussing in front of those children with no regard and threatening to shoot their parents in front of them is no justification. Anyone that campaigns for this sort of behavior needs to examine their "privilege" and rectify their own mental state. Thank you and have a good night. #TheMoneyIsComing

Shredder

I don't care. Money grab.

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ThinkingDude

Obviously you didn't actually watch the video, at least before you replied to my earlier post. If you did, then you would have plainly seen that one of the officers (not the one that kicked the handcuffed man) pointed his weapon at the small children and pregnant woman as they exited the vehicle. It is there on the video, dude. Of course I watched this video on a competing news channel, and to be fair, there were at least two videos made of this incident by two different citizens. I have not seen the other and I will give you the benefit of the doubt and say that the other video may not show the officer pointing his gun at the children. Still with your constant parroting of White Nationalist rhetoric, one has to wonder if your bias has you blinded to what actually took place, here? These officers were clearly out of line.

YoureAnIgnoramous

While there will always be petty crimes in area's of systemic poverty, Phoenix is NOT a war zone, and while I respect and acknowledge the service Officers provide our community, conceptually speaking, the fact of the matter is there are still a great number of people in Law Enforcemnt with anger, mental issues, xenophobic issues, quick trigger fingers, power tripping bully's, who unnecessarily escalate hostility and presume GUILT before innocence based off their personally perceived biases towards the communities they are sword to serve. -- And on top of it all, the same old Union rep with a handle-bar mustache gets on the media to cover-up/justify potential evidence of Police Crimes, instead of doing what the Public pays them to do, and seek justice. And too often there is no justice for dead Blacks and Latino's. -- People here are flailing in their attempt to justify excessive use of force by these officers, who are sworn to uphold the law, eg innocent until proven guilty, (even Flynn and Cohen got their day in court before being found GUILTY. Maybe Trump will as well..), and all of this over a cheap toy no less. They were out to get that family, that father in particular, there's no question about that. Those cops successfully made a martyr out of him, Tax dollars well spent! --

nutsplash

INCORRECT ! It is a war zone. Broken record every day. GUILTY period ! Soo many excuses spewed for straight up thugs and criminals. You deserve for these criminals to assault you as you are one of the main problems in society, always making excuses for those who should be locked away and/or put down like the dogs they are.

ObeyLaws

Ignoramous - Perhaps the "flailing" that you're seeing is an indication of people fed up with lawlessness and an overall lack of helplessness fueled by a perception that we read stories of criminal acts day after day after day after day after day. Believe it or not police officers - to the VAST majority of people - still represent a sense of order, control, and a sense of security that someone will protect us from a rapidly declining society. That said, of course I AGREE WITH YOU that we would all prefer our police officers to always act in a calm, measured, rational, professional, compassionate manner free from any bias or prejudice. Unfortunately, until we can program robots to serve as police officers we will never be able to remove the HUMAN element from humans. If you can find a way to teach people to be superhuman and overcome the most powerful human emotions you'll be a rich woman. Until that time we've got to do the best we can to work with the humans we have. It is unfortunate they disappoint so because they're all we've got. Support them when they're right, allow due process when they're accused of wrong doing, and advocate for swift appropriate punishment when they're found wrong.

Agustus Gloop

Hey Daddy!!! This is in response to your disappointing and sarcastic post, to me, below. You were born with a clean slate, the hate was not with you upon arrival. When your mother cuddled you for the first time, you knew nothing of hate. You were born into and raised in a racist society. For you not to be racist would be a miracle. Somewhere along the way, you learned the hate and let it grow. You had two choices and you took the wrong path. My father was born into that same society, as you, many years ago. He is now dead, he too started with a clean slate and he filled it with hate. Later in his life he admitted he was racist and took every step to erase that hate from within. My dad died with regrets of his younger years but content that he changed his ways and loved everyone in those final years and so many people loved him back. Where does that leave me? Born into that same racists society, raised by an admitted racist. Yes, Daddy, I too am racist. I can't fix what I don't admit, learned that from my father. You know that saying, "takes one to know one?" I know you Daddy, I know you well. Daddy, I hope that you too will someday find the peace my father did.

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cg41386

Let me know when whites are a minority group, then we can talk.

Honk Honkler

It's a known fact that sheboons teach their children to shoplift before they can even walk

Paula Black

Face it... There are good cops and bad ones; good people and bad ones. In now 61 years young/old and was not in trouble with cops or courts until three years c

Norman David Plumb

Just the other day I was wondering what ever happened to the matchbook reverend and his star trooper medallion. Actually he’s a great barometer which saves a lot of time for those of us who work. If he’s for it, decent people will be against it. If he says a thing is true, decent people know it’s false and, etc.

Tony G

Rev. Jarrett Maupin, Civil Rights Activist. Indeed this so-called man of God will pull out the "race-card" rather than admit that 1. this is a very bad neighborhood with very bad people in it. 2. Not consider that one of the subjects already has a history of fighting with police officers. And 3. Not consider that these officers are simply doing their jobs and could have faced a mob considering where this took place. And a real man of God wouldn't be using the language he uses and talking about suing the city, both against the work of God. Can I get an amen?[innocent]

YoureAnIgnoramous

Wait.. AND they dropped the charges on top of it all? Great work, officers! Tax's well spent!! -- So not only did they force several people out of their car, manhandling a non-resisting teen and her pregnant mother, but neither a single mention of, mayhaps, a search-warrant or probable cause? -- No doubt that was a massive power trip and I personally feel the one Cop at the beginning deserves to get fired or retrained, or something, as that behavior is a danger to the public.. also I'd like to point out a decent number of commentators in here are hyperbolic, trolling, bigots who need to turn off Fox And Fake Friends, enroll in your nearest University of choice, listen to real expertise and appreciate some of that 'historical context' into your lives. -- Police Unions across the country never seem to acknowledge the degree in which their officers target and bully specific communities, streets, blocks, families, etc., there are ways to handle a potential shoplifting child that doesn't resort to traumatizing an entire family, an community in the process. --

ThinkingDude

I think that a lot of this over- aggressive behavior on the part of the police is because we are not holding our police accountable for their actions. This is because we allow our law enforcement organizations to police their own. This is a lot like asking the fox to guard the henhouse. We need to require body cameras for all officers and set up a civilian review board to review the actions of each and every officer in the field and apply discipline or terminate if needed. We need to weed out these out-of-control cops, while at the same time, honor those officers that are doing a good job of serving and protecting their communities in a professional and respectful manner. Oversight is the key.

dr64zona

Just wanted to thank Obama and all his idiot followers who believe that every cop and every White person is racist. I don't blame the cops in this video for anything. This is how you deal with a**holes

ronlewis

do u hear yourself? Enough energy wasted on you...I'll never get back. DO us a favor and jump in a hot air balloon until you reach the atmosphere.

Phillup Witgas

Bad bad move on the part of the LEO. I try real hard to support our police officers. But this ??? Fire his sorry behind right now.

Wayne kenoff

It doesn’t seize to amaze me how much white women love the brown D. White males are mad af [beam][beam][whistling][whistling]

Ohyeah

I think you meant to say "cease", not "seize". Learning you a book might do you so good.

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Djamz

Hahaha Daddy Dummy that has got to be the BIGGEST LINE OF BULL SH-IT EVER. Your not fooling anyone but yourself. Carry on Daddy Dummy. Can’t wait to read what you come up with next

Agustus Gloop

Daddy's getting deleted so much he's gonna set an Arizona's Family record.

Djamz

Daddy Dummy I’ve been reading your comments and it goes to show you’re as stupid as ever is your brain stuck on stupid it’s really funny that nobody supports your “appreciate white history month” not all white people are racist idiots like yourself. We can all read between the lines of your plea for acceptance in a society where most people DO NOT accept racism so go f-uck yourself Daddy Dummy and try not being such an idiot. It’s hug a Mexican month you should go get some tacos, and drink down a few margaritas might help you feel better about yourself

Agustus Gloop

Arizona's Family Knights of Righteousness Rule #7: When lacking defensible counter response, backed yourself into a corner or just don't like what has been said, use insults, name calling and any form of emasculation in futile attempt to save face. Please see Nutsplash's "rebuttals" below as perfect example of AFKR Rule #7. Hey Nutsplash here's a coulple of new, good ones: "Hey Disgustus Gloop why don't you go help the Oompah Loompahs pack the fudge" and "Hey Ahgast, why don't you go suck in Wonka's Willie?"

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Agustus Gloop

How about tomorrow you write your paragraph and replace "white" with "black?" On Friday slip in "Mexican." Take a break over the weekend and on Monday, "Chinese?" Tuesday, "Navajo Code Talkers." Wednesday, use your imagination. When you've exhausted all the people that make up the human race, start over with "white." After this exercise you wan't appear prejudiced toward any group.

nutsplash

GLOOP....there it is !

ThinkingDude

More out of control cops, no surprise here. After watching the tape, these cops behaved more like KGB agents than peace officers in a country that has a Constitution that starts with the words "We the people..." Is this really how we want the police in a free country to behave? Like all agents of the government, we need to keep our police under control, lest we wake up some day and find that we are living in a police state. Holding our police accountable for their actions is the key to having a professional, honest, and respectful police force that takes their duty to serve and protect the public seriously.

ObeyLaws

NotThinkingDude - It's so easy to sit back and quote the Constitution and dream about your Utopian society. Of course we would all love that, but it's NOT REALITY and it's never going to happen. But if you believe it is not going to happen BECAUSE of the police you are looking at the wrong side of the equation. Your "We the people" who are alleged to commit crimes are the ones peeing in your cheerios, not the police. If not for these suspect's actions there would have been no police intervention. (I'm not condoning the officers actions here, but I'm also not condemning them based on 20 seconds of grainy video.)

Agustus Gloop

"If not for these suspect's actions there would have been no police intervention." I trust a man of the law, such as you, the almighty that brought us "brown cancer" and "last name ending in Z," made a little typo mistake? Maybe you meant to add "alleged" right before "action?" You are the expert on law and order but as Daddy said, "you are annoying AF."

Wearenotperfect

DisObeyLaws has no idea how many laws he or she breaks on a daily basis without even knowing. DisObeyLaws is a hypocrite!

ThinkingDude

No one has in any way implied that the police shouldn't have intervened in this case; our police do an important job.The criticism comes from how these officers chose to intervein. In addition, no one suggested that we should live in what you refer to "a utopian society." However, it is easy to forget that even though these cops were as you call were "intervening," the suspects in this incident, and in deed anybody the police suspect of committing a crime, are still innocent until proven guilty. By kicking this man (it was obvious that this cop lost his temper) and pointing a gun at small children and a pregnant woman (over shoplifting for goodness sake), these officers were behaving more like the gestapo than police officers in a free country. As citizens of this country (even citizens accused of a crime), every person has the right to expect our law enforcement to act in a professional, respectful, and Constitutional manner. If you are defending the actions of these officers, then I suggest that you might be happier living in a place like North Korea.

trsalemme

There is about .5 seconds, where the police officer has his weapon pointed at the door. As the kid emerges, you see the officer lower his weapon. So technically, it WAS pointed at the kid...::eye roll::

Gabrielle

I don't agree. The guy being arrested didn't follow directions and until the cop knew whether or not he had a weapon, he had to get the guy under control so he didn't do something to cause harm to the officer I see nothing wrong here.

Agustus Gloop

Nutsplash....really? The designated spokesperson for Arizona's Family Knights of Righteousness on race, racism and race related issues? I guess so, he's got the best track record on posting broken record race baiting, vile, hate filled comments.

nutsplash

I have diarrhea of the mouth and it goes "Gloop"

Djamz

Nutsplash you meant to say you have gonorrhea of the mouth

Agustus Gloop

Arizona's Family Knights of Righteous Rule #6: Anybody arrested by the police are to be, in fact, guilty of any and all charges, until proven innocent.

nutsplash

You are spewing fake news walso or all knowing of nothing factual.

Tony G

Break the law, pay the price, especially if you resist arrest. If you do not follow instruction, you are going to get an a$$-whopping. This looks like reasonable force, not abuse. But as usual, some camera-wielding citizen is making more out of it than it really is.

Shredder

Thank you, Tony G.

nutsplash

Misconduct my A$$ ! Criminals breaking the law can pound sand. If you were not being a POS stealing, bad things would not happen. You placed yourselves in this position NOT the police. Good for the Law Enforcement people, they are always being sht@t on for dealing with criminal idiots.

MH

Don't shoplift - Especially with your family present and we wouldn't have anything to discuss here. The racism of the commentator is showing through loud and clear.

nutsplash

This isn't racism once again. It is realism, get real folks. We are not making this up and being racists,when in fact, simply responding to what is happening in society.

MH

I was referring to the comment at 4:17 into the video.

Tony

It's ALWAYS the lawbreaking minorities.

JustSaying

It's ALWAYS someone else's fault.

bruce

A;lways???? I guess the white boys are all goody two shoes, never robbing a bank or molestind a 8 year old. Gotcha.

Agustus Gloop

ObeyLaws (aka BrownZ Cancer Guy) will be along soon and explain to us armchair speculators exactly what happened here.

trsalemme

I cant see the video. What transpired? Was someone getting tuned up?

Agustus Gloop

Chaos, couldn't watch the full measure of the video. Children crying, people agitated and talking loud, police arresting two adults that are accused of shop lifting.

ObeyLaws

Veruca - And this is the kind of nonsense that cops deal with EVERYDAY. You want the job??

Agustus Gloop

WhyTF would I want a job dealing with the most desperate people in society? Why would I risk my life to break up a domestic squabble between you and your partner?

trsalemme

Imagine living life 8 to 16 hrs a day with them

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