A Phoenix man, whose family was shot by a gun following charges of shoplifting in a scene filmed by a bystander, said Monday that he feared that his family is "executed" by the police.
Dravon Ames and fiancee Iesha Harper both expressed their gratitude for registering their police clash on May 29 after the couple's 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a Family Dollar store.
"I thought we were all going to be executed and, luckily, that God … someone was there to film that," Ames told reporters. "Even if we were to be executed that day, someone would have filmed it."
Phoenix police chief Jeri William said on Sunday, "I apologize to the family, I apologize to the community," while Mayor Kate Gallego called the video the arrest of "more than overwhelming".
Ames and Harper said they would not take any word from Williams and Gallego seriously until the police involved in their arrest were fired.
"We have the impression that these are half-excuses, the officers are still working," Ames said. "It's just a slap in the face. It's like putting lemon juice on an open wound. It hurts us even more that they are still working, nothing is done. "
After the video broadcast last week, the Phoenix police released a report accusing the little girl of having stolen the doll and Ames from having raised a pair of underwear.
"And I did not like that, so I do not accept his apology," said Harper about Williams.
The couple had just left a Family Dollar store with their 1 and 4 year old daughters and was in their car when they realized that the older daughter had stolen the doll.
They drove to the girls' home in a nearby apartment complex after being stopped by the police in the parking lot.
Police officers drew guns and cursed at their arrest, according to a video shot by a passerby and released by police last week.
"When I tell you to do something, you f —— do it!" an officer could be heard screaming after the handcuffs of Ames.
The man, who appeared to be Ames, seemed to obey, while he had been removed from the ground and thrown against a police vehicle.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry," says the man.
The officer repeated: "When I tell you to do something, you f —— do it!"
The video taken from another angle, at ground level, showed an officer with a gun unsheathed pointing to the couple's car and shouting repeatedly: "Put your hand —-!
One of the officers told Harper: "I could have shot you in front of your kids," according to the complaint filed by the family's attorney, Thomas Horne, a former Attorney General of the state.