Jay-Z is stepping in to offer legal support for the Phoenix couple who was held up at gunpoint by officers because their four-year-old daughter allegedly stole a $1 Barbie doll – an incident that the chief of police says is ‘unacceptable’.
The philanthropic arm of the rapper’s entertainment company Roc Nation has hired a high-powered attorney to join the legal team that is preparing to sue the city of Phoenix for $10million.
Dravon Ames, 22, and Aisha Harper, 24, parents to two young children, filed a notice of claim on Thursday accusing the police officers of committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, and infliction of emotional distress.
The police are also accused of violating the couple’s civil rights.
A notice of claim is a legal document filed with courts by a party which intends to bring a lawsuit.
Phoenix police released a 16-page incident report accusing the couple of stealing other items from the store.
Police also allege that the couple was combative during the encounter and that officers were fearful they were armed.
In disturbing video footage of an incident in late May released on Friday, cops can be seen pointing their guns at a pregnant Harper who was holding her one-year-old daughter while telling Ames: ‘I’m gonna put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head.’
The officers are said to have been responding to a report about a theft at a Family Dollar store.
The parents say they were unaware that their elder daughter had taken the doll out of the store.
Team ROC announced that it would provide legal assistance to the family. It is also calling for the police officers involved to be fired.
The company also announced that it hired Alex Spiro, a well-known attorney, to work with the family’s lawyers pro bono.
Team ROC says that it also plans additional legal action against the police officers.
SOURCE: Daily Mail