Phoenix police chief apologizes to family over stolen doll incident
The chief publicly apologized to members of a family who officers pointed guns and yelled at while responding to a report of shoplifting
PHOENIX — Phoenix's police chief has publicly apologized to members of a family at whom police officers pointed guns and yelled profanities while responding to a report of shoplifting.
The parents say their 4-year-old daughter had stolen a doll from the store, unbeknownst to them. They have filed a $10 million claim against the city alleging civil rights violations by police officers.
A video released Friday shows police officers pointing guns and yelling profane commands to a father and a pregnant woman holding a baby.
Police Chief Jeri Williams apologized to the family, community and public on Sunday at Phoenix TV station KTVK.
Williams added that an internal investigation is underway into the incident from late last month.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego posted an apology to the family on Twitter on Saturday.
"I thought he was going to shoot us"— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 17, 2019
This is the moment US police confronted a family in Phoenix, Arizona after their four-year-old daughter left a shop without paying for a doll
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My statement on the May 27th Phoenix Police incident: pic.twitter.com/1mYHQQbhWv— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 16, 2019