*Knowing she and the city of Phoenix has a problem, Mayor Kate Gallego has put out a statement via Twitter regarding the incredibly disturbing, or as we described it, “blood boiling” viral videos of out-of-control Phoenix Police Dept. officers’ interation with a young black family.
As we reported earlier, the vido shows phoenix police pointing guns and yelling profane threats at Dravon Ames, 22, his pregnant fiancee, Aisha Harper, and their two young daughters all because their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a Family Dollar store and didn’t tell them.
Gallego, in her statement, said she was “sick” over what she saw in the video and called cops’ behavior “completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional.”
“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community,” Gallego said. “This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged.”
My statement on the May 27th Phoenix Police incident: pic.twitter.com/1mYHQQbhWv
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 16, 2019
Because of the incident, the mayor also announced changes that will be made to the police force. The main change is the implementation of body cameras. That means that EVERY Phoenix police precinct will be equipped with them by August.
Gallego also announced a community meeting, where Police Chief Jeri Williams will be present to answer questions and address citizen concerns about the incident in the video. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St.
“I recognize that to get to the bottom of this issue and implement meaningful change, we are going to have some uncomfortable and painful conversations,” Gallego said. “These conversations must continue until every one of our residents feels safe in our community.”
In related nerws, the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation has offered to provide legal support for the Phoenix couple in the video.