Ames Family Response to Apologies

Ames Family Rejects Apologies of City of Phoenix Mayor, and Police Chief.

Monday, June 17th, 2019

FAMILY BRUTALIZED AND VIOLATED BY PHOENIX POLICE TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 11:00AM OUTSIDE OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO PHOENIX CITY HALL IN RESPONSE TO MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF’S “MEANINGLESS SHAM APOLOGY AND CONTINUED LACK OF SUBSTANTIVE ACTION” TO FIRE AND DISCIPLINE ALL OFFICERS INVOLVED IN ATTACK THAT OUTRAGED MILLIONS.

“YOU WILL NOT INSULT US,” SAYS KATT MCKINNEY OF BLACK WOMEN OF FAITH.

NEW ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE RELATED TO THE VIOLENT ENCOUNTER WILL BE REVEALED, AS THE MOTHER INVOLVED RECOUNTS HER BODY SEARCH BY MALE OFFICER AND HIS FAILURE TO CALL FOR OR WAIT FOR A FEMALE OFFICER.

THE FAMILY, THEIR LAWYERS, AND SPOKESMEN WILL ALSO DETAIL THE LIES AND SLANDEROUS DEMONIZATIONS THAT POLICE ATTEMPTED TO PASS OFF AS FACTS TO THE MEDIA IN THE NOW WIDELY CRITICIZED POLICE REPORT. 

MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL ALSO OUTLINE PLANS FOR A PROTEST OF THE MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF’S PLANNED TUESDAY MEETING AND WEDNESDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING. FURY BUILDS. 

MASS MARCH BEING PLANNED FOR THURSDAY TO DEMAND OFFICERS INVOLVED IN AMES-HARPER FAMILY ASSAULT BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY…

Phoenix, AZ – As the City of Phoenix continues to reel from national outrage over two damning videos that captured police officers assaulting and abusing an innocent Black Family over an alleged theft of a dollar-store doll, the community is mobilizing for mass action intended to pressure elected officials to take action, including the firing of the officers involved. Outrage grows.

At 11:00AM TODAY, Dravon Ames and his fiancé Iesha Harper will join the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, Katt Mckinney of Black Women of Faith, their lawyers, and community members outside of the main entrance of Phoenix’ City Hall to respond to what the family and the public are describing as, “The meaningless sham apologies and continued lack of substantive action” of the Mayor and Police Chief with respect to their failures to properly discipline, terminate, and reform a citizen abuse-prone police force. 

The group will debunk and denounce the police report of this incident. Glaring omissions and altered facts that contradict video tape will be outlined and condemned. Ames and Harper will also speak about failed attempts by police to destroy and assassinate their character. 

The family and their representatives will also share, for the first time, Iesha’s gut-wrenching account of her body search by a male police officer who refused to call or wait for a female officer to conduct it. Ms. Harper was not guilty of committing any crime and the officer has not been fired. 

Members of the community will also outline protest plans for THURSDAY of THIS WEEK, intended to increase pressure on city leaders to fire all of the officers involved in this incident and adopt the 12 POINT PLAN residents submitted to police. The department has FAILED to implement the community recommendations for policy and procedural reforms for more than half a decade. Community members say the police department is hostile to civil rights and guilty of collusion to violate the Constitutional rights of people of color.

The press conference will also detail plans for protests at the planned TUESDAY meeting organized by the Mayor to try and mislead and manipulate the community with, “More lies and false promises that mean absolutely nothing.”

“There are a lot of new facts, new abuse allegations, and new attacks on this family to unpack,” says Rev. Maupin, “The Family continues to be victimized by Phoenix Police but that will not deter them from their quest for justice and reform. The officers involved must be fired and policies and procedures must be strengthened. There will be a change. We must demand it.”

Media Contact: 480.363.1090

Press Conference, 11AM, TODAY (06/17)

Outside the main entrance of

Phoenix City Hall 

200 W. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85003

Confront the #PolicingCrisis In #Phoenix

Come out to support the families and victims of the City of Phoenix Policing Crisis, and speak along with them to City Council Members on why this problem in our community must be addressed.

This is a National, International and Humanitarian Crisis that we must SPEAK ON! 

#PolicingCrisis

#PHXPOLICINGCRISIS

#NationalPolicingCrisis

#12PointPlan

More Info:

1. Request to Speak

The public may request to address the Council regarding an agenda item by submitting a yellow “Request to Speak” card at the meeting, or may submit a white card to state their support or opposition to an item for the record without speaking. Individuals wishing to speak or submit their position on an item should arrive and submit a card by the beginning of the meeting, before action is taken on the item. 

2. Citizen Comments

Citizen Comments are heard for up to 30 minutes (unless extended by the Chair) before adjournment or recess of the formal meeting provided a quorum of the Council is present. Additional time for Citizen Comments may be allowed at the discretion of the presiding officer. ANY member of the public may address the Council to comment on issues of interest or concern to them. Citizen Comments will be televised as part of the formal meeting. Members of the public will be given a maximum of three minutes each to address the Council. In compliance with the Arizona Open Meeting Law, the City Council cannot discuss or take formal action on any matter raised during Citizen Comments.

3. Accommodations

An assistive listening system is available in the City Council Chambers to assist individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Headset units for this system are available at the front table in the Council Chambers. In addition, with 72 hours advance notification, the City Clerk’s Office will provide sign language interpreting services. 

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Racists Cops Have Got to Go!

FRIDAY NIGHT March & Rally 7:00PM!

Join us as the COMMUNITY marches and rallies against racism and police brutality after NEW EVIDENCE has come forward proving the Phoenix Police Department is riddled with racist police! (See Latest News Articles Below)

NOW WE HAVE IRREFUTABLE, UNDENIABLE, OUTRAGEOUS PROOF OF ACTIVE RACISTS WITHIN THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT!

It is time to shut down the city! SHUT IT DOWN!

Come and show your support for the families and victims of police racism and brutality!

Stand side by side with the families of Michelle Cusseaux, Jacob Harris, Edward Brown, and others as they lead the community on a march and rally through downtown and at police headquarters!

Show up, show out, shut down the streets as we demand the officers involved in this blatant racist and culture of discrimination be FIRED!

We will gather at 620 W. Washington Street (Phx PD HQ) at 7:00pm on THIS FRIDAY! (June 7th)

We will no longer tolerate the abuse, racism, hostility, prejudice, bigotry, and physical / verbal violence openly practiced on our community by Phoenix Police officers!

JOIN THE COMMUNITY and make your voices heard! BRING SIGNS, BRING FRIENDS, BRING YOUR LOUD VOICES AND DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY as we take bold action to demand the badges of racists!

DETAILS:

Join the families of police brutality and racism victims as we stand up to the EXPOSED culture of racism and violence against BLACK AND LATINO residents within the Phoenix PD!

7:00PM FRIDAY (June 7th)

Outside of

Phoenix Police Headquarters
620 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

BE PRESENT FOR THE MARCH AND RALLY!

SHOW UP, STAND UP, SPEAK UP!

As we mobilize the masses and shut down the streets of downtown to DEMAND that racist police be immediately FIRED!

SEE ARTICLES BELOW:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/06/03/phoenix-police-officers-facebook-posts-include-racist-violent-commentary/1331941001/

https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/phoenix-cops-bash-muslims-immigrants-and-black-people-online-11306928

blm #blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmatteraz

blacklivesmatterarizona #phx #az

policebrutality #racism #civilrights #justice

Family of Mbegbu Seeks $200k from City of Phoenix

Subject: Breaking: PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL SET TO VOTE TODAY ON PAYMENT OF $200,000.00 TO FAMILY OF BALENTINE MBEGBU TO SETTLE WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM…

For Immediate Release…
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Media Notice:

PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL SET TO VOTE TODAY ON PAYMENT OF $200,000.00 TO FAMILY OF BALENTINE MBEGBU TO SETTLE WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM. MBEGBU WAS KILLED AFTER POLICE USED EXCESSIVE FORCE DURING A WRONGFUL ARREST. HE WAS TASERED TO DEATH IN HIS FAMILIES HOME BY POLICE.

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST REVEREND JARRETT MAUPIN SAYS CITY’S PAYMENTS TO VICTIMS, “NEVER REALLY ENOUGH,” AND THAT WHAT FAMILIES TRULY WANT IS JUSTICE THROUGH POLICY CHANGES, IMPROVED TRAININGS, INCREASED DIVERSITY, AND PROSECUTIONS OF POLICE WHO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS AND PERPETRATE UNJUSTIFIED HOMICIDES.

“TODAY IS BITTERSWEET. BALENTINE HAS JOINED THE HOST OF MARTYRS SLAIN, UNJUSTLY, BY THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT. I DO NOT KNOW HOW THE CITY COUNCIL SLEEPS AT NIGHT KNOWING HOW BAD THE SITUATION IS RIGHT NOW, CONCERNING POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXCESSIVE FORCE,” SAYS MAUPIN, “HERE WE ARE ANOTHER QUARTER TO HALF A MILLION TAX PAYER DOLLARS LATER AND STILL WE HAVE NO MEANINGFUL REFORMS. THE CITY SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT THEIR INEPTITUDE HAS COST THEM MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE COULD BE BUILDING COMMUNITY CENTERS, FUNDING YOUTH JOBS, OR DEVELOPING AFFORDABLE HOUSING. INSTEAD, THE CITY IS HEMORRHAGING CASH TO SETTLE LAWSUITS. THE CHOICE IS THEIR’S. TODAY IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VICTORY, BUT NOT ONE WE CELEBRATE. $200,000.00 WILL NOT BRING BACK BALENTINE MBEGBU AND HIS FAMILY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.”

(Rev. Maupin [center] and supporters with the Widow MBegbu [seated] picketing outside of Phoenix City Hall. Mbegbu will receive $200,000.00 today from the City Council as a payment to settle her wrongful death claim.)

Balantine Mbegbu, a 65-year-old Phoenix resident, died on October 6 after being tased by a Phoenix police officer.

“I really want to know, why did they kill my husband?” asked Ngozi Mbegbu, Balantine’s wife.

According to Phoenix police, officers responded to the couple’s home that night after a third party called 911 to report a fight between the Mbegbus.

Balantine Mbegbu “immediately became belligerent and confrontational” with responding officers, according to a statement provided by Phoenix police.

“As one of the officers was trying to calm him down, Mr. Mbegbu backed the officer across the room and assaulted him,” the PPD statement continues. “The officers were then able to temporarily calm Mr. Mbegbu down. When the additional officers arrived to assist, Mr. Mbegbu began to actively fight with them and violently resisted arrest. Mr. Mbegbu spilled hot liquid on the officers and kicked an officer in the groin.”

At that point, police say one officer deployed the taser, and shortly after being handcuffed, Mbegbu started having apparent medical problems. Police called for the fire department to respond and take Mbegbu to a hospital, and Mbegbu was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sabinus Megwa, an attorney representing Mbegbu’s wife, said what Mbegbu’s wife and sister-in-law say happened at the house last night is “totally different from the police account of what transpired.”

Megwa said there was no fight at the home, and police shouldn’t have been there. He added that Mbegbu only became agitated after police refused to leave the home.

Although the PPD statement says the department is “committed to ensuring a complete and thorough investigation into this incident to determine the circumstances of Mr. Mbegbu’s death,” Megwa and the protesters at city hall yesterday were calling for an independent investigation.

“This is not the first time a black person has been killed in this city by police,” Megwa said. “Each time, they find nothing. It’s about time that they do a thorough investigation and tell us why it is that this man died.”

(Megwa is also the attorney representing the family of Michelle Cusseaux, a 50-year-old mentally ill black woman who was fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer in August. Not long after a protest was organized at city hall over Cusseaux’s death, Phoenix police agreed to have the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigate the death.)

MEDIA LINKS:

http://www.azfamily.com/home/Wife-of-dead-man-says-police-action-not-justified-279578162.html

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/10/phoenix_police_department_death_balantine_mbegbu.php

http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/160446/1/chief-balentine-mbegbu-dies-in-arizona-poli.html

http://tribexmarketing.com/events/nigerian-in-arizona-dies-at-the-hands-of-the-police-nigerian-community-outraged/

http://badedav.blogspot.com/2014/10/nigerian-man-dies-in-phoenix-after-us.html

http://www.9ijanews.com/news/nigerian-manbalantine-mbegbu-killed-by-american-police-in-the-usa

Did You See This?

Police have been trained to cover themselves, and not to do what’s right!

This officer clearly yells, “He has a gun!”, when the citizen does not. What in the world is this mess?

This boy saved his life by not cutting that car off. Imagine if had reached for the keys…

Our lives are in great and “grave” danger.

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