Mayor ‘sick’ by video of police encounter with young family
PHOENIX — Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is calling for action after disturbing footage emerged of an altercation involving officers and a young family.
A video released Friday shows Phoenix police officers pointing guns and yelling profane commands to a father and a pregnant woman holding her 1-year-old.
Police had been responding to a Family Dollar for a report of shoplifting. The parents say their daughter had stolen a doll from the store, unbeknownst to them.
Gallego issued a statement Saturday saying “it was completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional.”
She’s expediting the deadline for police-worn cameras to August and requested a community meeting Tuesday.
Phoenix police Chief Jeri Williams said an internal investigation is underway.
The family filed a $10 million claim against the city of Phoenix alleging police committed civil rights violations.