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Phoenix Police Release Report On Viral Incident That Drew Lawsuit

Phoenix police have put out a report detailing their side of an incident that led a family to file a $10 million notice of claim against the department. The incident was captured on video and involves a 5-months-pregnant mother.

The claim alleges the family’s civil rights were violated when officers pointed guns and profanely shouted commands at parents Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper. Ames said in the claim filed in court Wednesday that officers threw him against a vehicle, and kicked his leg so hard that he collapsed. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams addressed the video in a message sent out over Facebook on Friday.

“I, like you, am disturbed by the language and the actions of our officer," Williams said. "I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers who serve this city." 

The police report released Friday said officers saw Ames reach toward the center of his vehicle before they pulled their weapons and ordered him out of the car and that Harper refused to comply with commands. 

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Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.