• Mayor 'sick' by video of police encounter with young family

    By: The Associated Press


    Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is calling for action after disturbing footage emerged of an altercation involving officers and a young family .

    A video released Friday shows Phoenix police officers pointing guns and yelling profane commands to a father and a pregnant woman holding her 1-year-old.

    Police had been responding to a Family Dollar for a report of shoplifting. The parents say their daughter had stolen a doll from the store, unbeknownst to them.

    Gallego issued a statement Saturday saying "it was completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional."

    She's expediting the deadline for police-worn cameras to August and requested a community meeting Tuesday.

    Phoenix police Chief Jeri Williams said an internal investigation is underway.

    The family filed a $10 million claim against the city of Phoenix alleging police committed civil rights violations.

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