Police officer fired for threatening to shoot Black family after 4-year-old girl took doll from store

Phoenix, October 23 (RHC)-- In news from the U.S. state of Arizona, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams has fired the police officer who threatened to shoot an African American family after their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a Family Dollar store. 

The incident was captured in a viral cell phone video that shows Phoenix Officer Christopher Meyer, who is white, pointing a gun at the family’s car and threatening to shoot the girl’s father, Dravon Ames, in the face.  The girl’s mother, Iesha Harper, is heard saying she is unable to hold her hands up because she is holding a child and that she is pregnant. 

The decision to fire officer Meyer comes as Phoenix police announced the firing of another officer who was involved in a Facebook database that tracked posts of current police officers across the United States that advocated for violence against Latinos, Muslims and women.


Edited by Ed Newman


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