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JAY-Z & Team Roc Offer Legal Assistance To Arizona Family Terrorized By Police Officers

PHOENIX, AZ – Last month, 22-year-old Dravon Ames, his six-month pregnant fianceé, Iesha Harper and their two daughters, ages one and four, had guns drawn on them by the Pheonix Police Department responding to an alleged shoplifting incident at Family Dollar.

Now, the family is planning to sue the city of Pheonix for $10 million and Team Roc, JAY-Z‘s philanthropic leg of Roc Nation, wants to help.

The disturbing incident was captured on camera by witnesses outside of an apartment complex.

The video shows a police officer telling Ames “I’m gonna put a fucking cap in your fucking head” and “You’re gonna fucking get shot,” among other obscenities while kicking his knees and forcing his face into the hot asphalt.

It also shows another officer using threatening language towards Harper, 24, as she was holding their one-year-old baby girl in her hands. The police officer can be heard yelling for her to put the child down — although the young mother repeatedly told him that her baby was not able to walk yet.

“Our hearts go out to Dravon Ames, Iesha Harper and their children after this traumatic experience,” Team Roc’s Dania Diaz said in an email to HipHopDX. “They deserve compassion and empathy, not to have guns drawn at them and be dehumanized. That video is the picture of hate, shame on you! If they need our help — now or in the future — we are at their disposal.”

To assist with the case, Team Roc reportedly hired high-power New York attorney Alex Spiro, the same lawyer who helped 21 Savage beat his immigration case. The family is currently represented by former Arizona attorney general Tom Horne who filed a $10 million notice of claim against Pheonix last week.

If the city doesn’t respond within 60 days, a lawsuit will be filed.

The incident in question began on May 27 (or May 29 according to the family), when Harper and Ames were leaving a Family Dollar store at approximately 11:17 a.m. and their four-year-old allegedly stole a toy doll. An anonymous citizen who saw her take the doll reportedly notified the police about it.

According to a Facebook post by the police department, the store manager called the police on the 4-year-old — although the manager asserts she did not. Police claim Ames admitted to stealing a pack of underwear and throwing it out of his car window.

Source: HiphopDx