For Immediate Release…
Tuesday, June 10th, 2019
The Reverend Jarrett Maupin and Katt Mckinney of Black Women of Faith, are releasing a video today of a Black family that has come forward with accusations that Phoenix Police Officers engaged in unlawful acts of brutality and excessive force following a harrowing encounter, just days ago, that ended with no arrests or charges. Luckily, there is footage.
The FIRST, of TWO videos, is being released as of today, see below…
First Video Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RHRZHAsqiAM
The FIRST video (recorded on May 29th, 2019) shows an officer using abusive and foul language while employing extreme violent force to, unlawfully, detain and restrain the father (Dravon Ames, 22 years old, 5-5, 140lbs).
Another Officer is also seen pointing a loaded and live service weapon at pregnant (5 months fiancé) Aisha Harper, 24, 5-2, 130lbs, and their two small daughters (Island, age 4, and London, age 2.)
On the recording, officers can be seen grabbing and injuring the mother and the youngest child (the little girl suffered an injury to her arm, shoulder, and hand).
Again, no criminal charges were filed and NO ONE was ever arrested and booked, only handcuffed and detained, removed from the scene, nor transported to a jail.
The victims and several eye witnesses reported officers saying such things as:
“I will shoot you in your face in front of your kids.”
“I will shoot you in your fucking face.”
Among other vile and memorable lines…
One of the cops in the video has been identified simply as, “Officer Welch”. Police never signaled nor made any obvious effort to pull the family over. Police waited until the family parked (on a routine trip to the babysitter) to pounce on the unsuspecting and law abiding family. And Police were NOT wearing body cameras!
According to officers, the 4 year old stole a DOLL from a nearby FAMILY DOLLAR.
Officers did recover the DOLL. Neither the store nor the state are pressing any charges.
The parents were never charged with or suspected of being co-conspirators. Despite this, both were handcuffed and harassed for an hour after the assault.
The father was ticketed for having an expired license, though the courts informed his attorney that no ticket was ever processed or turned in by police.
The Reverend Jarrett Maupin says he will release a SECOND and more graphic video, which more closely and clearly shows the identity, actions, words, and fury of the officers involved.
“The second video is worse than the first. These officers are acting like bullies and thugs. They endangered an unborn child and traumatized two toddlers. Shame on them and shame on the department for not suspending them immediately – without pay,” says Maupin, “We want to know, are any of these sickos on the so-called Brady List of known rogue or problem officers? Are any of these cops part of the 75 identified social media racists who kept their jobs? What happens to officers when they are caught on tape violating policies and procedures and how fast does it happen? The culture of wilding within the Phoenix PD is making a mockery of police everywhere.”
As soon as the pregnant mother is healthy enough to endure a press conference, Maupin will bring the entire family forward. He says his team is planning for a Thursday morning press conference outside the main entrance of Phoenix City Hall. “We are planning for Thursday (June 13th, 2019) at 11:00am. We just want to make sure that mother and baby are fit for the gauntlet that is taking on the Phoenix PD,” says the Reverend, “This Family has more footage and more facts to share.”
Jarrett Maupin says the family will sue and is being represented by former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. He adds, “The family would like the chief of police to apologize to the children, now. After the second video is released, she will, but it won’t be enough.”
“Give her her baby doll back!” Katt Mckinney demands of #PhoenixPolice