Disturbing Video Shows US Police Officer Aiming Gun at Black Family
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A chilling video captured a police officer aiming a gun, yelling obscenities and threatening to shoot a black family in Phoenix, US state of Arizona, after their 4-year-old daughter walked out of a store with a doll last month.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego reacted in a statement Saturday that “there is no situation in which this behavior is ever close to acceptable.”
Police Chief Jeri Williams launched an investigation into the confrontation after recently receiving the video that was recorded by a bystander. “I, like you, was disturbed by the language and the action of the officer,” she said in a Facebook posting, HuffPost reported.
Police released the video to the public. Another video shot from a different angle, also taken by a witness, was posted to YouTube.
The officers involved in the confrontation have been assigned to desk duty. The couple is now suing the police department and the city of Phoenix for $10 million.
The mayor of Phoenix also apologized and called a community meeting for this week amid public anger over the viral video.