ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix City Council approves settlement in viral shoplifting case

Aug 26, 2020, 3:41 PM | Updated: 3:44 pm

Dravon Ames, left, answers a question as Iesha Harper, right, joins her fiancee during a news confe...

PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council approved a $475,000 settlement Wednesday in the case of a family that accused Phoenix police of serious misconduct after their 4-year-old daughter accidentally stole a doll from a store.

Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper received the settlement after an encounter with police in May 2019 got widepresad attention when video of officers using excessive force.

The council passed the motion 6-2, with council members Jim Waring and Thelda Williams voting no.

“The money won’t take away the trauma or the harm that’s been caused, but I hope the children have a better life for it,” Councilman Carlos Garcia said.

The initial claim asked for $10 million in damages, accusing police of battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional distress and violation of the family’s civil rights.

The 2019 incident happened after employees at a store told officers who responded to an unrelated shoplifting case that the couple’s 4-year-old daughter had taken a doll. Ames and Harper, who was five months pregnant at the time, didn’t know about the doll and had already driven away. Police followed them to an apartment complex.

Ames has said officers didn’t use lights or sirens before walking over to the couple’s parked car, with their 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughters also inside.

Videos recorded by witnesses showed officers can be heard yelling and cursing at the couple.

In another high profile case, the council voted to approve a $136,052.60 settlement in the case of Brush & Nib Studio against the City of Phoenix.

The case focused on not being able to force two Phoenix artists to design and create custom wedding invitations that conflicted with their personal beliefs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Jamarr Dwayne Young, the suspect in fatal hit-and-run in Phoenix, in his May 16, 2024 Maricopa Coun...

Kevin Stone

Suspect indicted for allegedly killing bicyclist in hit-and-run as he fled police in Phoenix

A domestic violence suspect who allegedly killed a bicyclist in a hit-and-run collision as he fled police in Phoenix last month has been formally charged with multiple felonies.

36 minutes ago

Seniors in Sun City invited to dance the night away at prom event...

Serena O'Sullivan

Sun City senior center to host prom to fight loneliness, keep older locals healthy

Loneliness can be deadly. That's why Banner Health is inviting seniors in Sun City to join its first prom event for people over 60.

1 hour ago

A house is blackened after a fire involving two homemade electric vehicles in Phoenix on June 18, 2...

KTAR.com

2 homemade electric vehicles catch fire inside garage at Phoenix home

Firefighters doused two homemade electric vehicles that were on fire in the garage of a Phoenix home on Tuesday morning.

2 hours ago

Stations are set up at an otherwise empty Maricopa County vote center. Maricopa County will operate...

Kevin Stone

Maricopa County reveals more than 220 vote center locations for July 30 primary election

Maricopa County revealed more than 220 vote center locations for the July 30 primary election. Here's how to find one near you.

2 hours ago

Warning label on social media? Arizona experts respond to idea...

Serena O'Sullivan

How could a social media warning label impact Arizona children and teens?

The Surgeon General of the U.S. said on Monday he wants a warning label on social media apps because they hurt young people's mental health.

4 hours ago

Two men are seen with stand-up paddle boards at Tempe Town Lake in this file photo. A search was la...

KTAR.com

Body found during recovery operation at Tempe Town Lake

Dive teams on Tuesday morning reportedly recovered the body of a person who apparently drowned at Tempe Town Lake a day earlier.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Phoenix City Council approves settlement in viral shoplifting case