Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation has hired top-notch attorney Alex Spiro to assist family in suing the city of Phoenix for $10 million.
Ever since the footage of a Phoenix police officer yelling at a 22-year-old man, "I'm gonna put a fucking cap in your fucking head," went viral, the department has received major backlash. The man in the footage Dravon Ames was held at gunpoint after his daughter shoplifted a doll from a dollar store. This shocking incident unfolded in front of the man's family. Soon after, famous rapper Jay-Z has stepped in to help the family get legal justice according to reports.
(GSN) Jay Z has hired a lawyer for the family who were nearly killed by Phoenix Police Officers over a $4 doll their toddler took from a store. The family has filed a $10 Million lawsuit against the city. https://t.co/SqAinZCdpH pic.twitter.com/rYPq9PkU0D— HJ (Hank) Ellison (@hjtherealj) June 17, 2019
The couple filed a notice of claim last Thursday accusing the police officers of committing battery, unlawful imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress and false arrests. They also claimed not having any knowledge of their 4-year-old's actions. Now, Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation has lent their philanthropic arm to assist the family in this legal battle. Jay-Z hired a high-powered attorney, Alex Spiro to join their legal team and work this case as a pro bono reports News Maven. They are all set to sue the city of Phoenix for $10 million.
"My hands are up! My hands are up!" 22yo Dravon Ames says as a Phoenix police officer yells to "get your fucking hands up." The same officer later says "You're gonna fucking get shot!"— Meg O'Connor (@megoconnor13) June 12, 2019
Ames says the officers stopped him after his child walked out of a Dollar Store with a doll. pic.twitter.com/Nlkd7IXsyc
The firm also plans on pressing legal charges against the officers involved while asking for the justice system to get them fired. Referring to the incident as "absolutely sickening" the firm's managing director of philanthropy, Dania Diaz said, "There is no place for that behavior in our world — let [alone] our justice system — and we are calling for the immediate termination of the police officers in question. We are committed to supporting the family to ensure that justice is served."
This is everything that's wrong with #LawEnforcement today. My #LD29 #Maryvale community deserves better than this type of inexcusable and unjustifiable rage and abuse of power from the @phoenixpolice. @PHXDistrict5 @PhxDistrict8 https://t.co/VXj0myV1Qo— Sen. Martín Quezada (@SenQuezada29) June 13, 2019
On May 26, a video of this encounter surfaced which showed many Phoenix police officers surround the vehicle of Dravon Ames, 22, and Aisha, 24. They were accompanied by their two young daughters. Unclear about the reason they pulled over, the officers can be clearly seen cursing and screaming at the couple right in front of their children to "put your fucking hands up." While another shouted, "You're gonna fucking get shot!"
According to Ames, the police started following them when they had left the Family Dollar store in Arizona City. At one point, the officer slammed Ames' face against a police car and kicked his legs apart. During this time, another aggressively approached Aisha and commanded her to put her hands up ignoring the mother's reason who repeatedly kept telling them she could not do so as she had their 1-year-old in her arms. "When I tell you to do something, you f****** do it!" said once pointing the gun and yelling in her face.
This is why we don't visit Phoenix. Spend any money in Phoenix. Schedule our conferences in Phoenix, or otherwise acknowledge PHX. It's been racist and suspect for decades. I'm almost NOT shocked w/PHX Police behavior.— Original Cynn 💞🗽🕊♍ (@CynnMmon) June 14, 2019
They also attempted to yank the toddler off her arms. "The first officer grabbed the mother and the baby around both of their necks and tried to take the baby out of the mother's hand. 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," stated the notice of claim. "The first officer pulled the baby by the arm to get her away from the mother, which injured the arm, in a condition known as 'dead arm.' Island [the couple's 1-year-old child] has been having nightmares and wetting her bed, which she has not done before this incident."
This is a DISGRACE & UNACCEPTABLE!!! As a Scottsdale AZ resident I'm utterly disgusted & enraged. Phoenix P.D. better address this immediately & fire both officers (who also should never be allowed to work as police officers again, in any state). So very ashamed of AZ 😡😭— Kristina K (@Krishtainy) June 17, 2019
Both the parents were detained and handcuffed by the officials who were refused to be identified by the Phoenix police department. "Harper says one of the officers told her while she was detained and handcuffed in the back of the police car that he 'could have shot you in front of your f**king kids,'" claimed the complaint. Shortly after the news surfaced the Phoenix Police Department, they released a statement elaborating what actually led to this incident.
Is this the appropriate response from #Phoenix police officers when a small child accidentally takes a doll from the dollar store? You can hear the children crying in the background. #smh https://t.co/1RhDkovJU1— Isela Blanc (@IselaBlancAZ) June 13, 2019
Apparently, the police officials responded to an anonymous 911 call about possible shoplifting of a doll from the dollar store. However, the store stated that the call was not made by them and they did not want the family to be punished. They also added that they only pursued the suspected family after a phone call mentioned how the family had allegedly stolen food and underwear from that store. Chief of Phoenix Police Jeri Williams, apologized to the family and told 12 News, "What we saw in that video isn't keeping with good policing; it's unacceptable." Speaking to ABC15, the Phoenix Police also indicated that the official who roughed up Ames is on a "non-enforcement assignment" while others who drew out their guns remain on patrol duty.