Christopher Meyer, Phoenix Police, fired
Screenshot of a Phoenix police officer handcuffing Dravon Ames | Screenshot via CNN

Phoenix Police Officer to Be Fired for Pulling A Gun on Parents after Toddler Allegedly Stole a Doll

Phoenix police officer Christopher Meyer will be fired after he was seen on video pulling a gun on and attacking a family after the young daughter, then 4, allegedly stole a Barbie doll from a dollar store in May, the Phoenix Police Department announced in a press conference Tuesday after an internal investigation.

The couple, Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, who both are Black, have said they didn’t notice the 4-year-old had walked out with the Barbie doll, CNN reported.

They said they were confused and scared when Meyer came up to their car window, banging on it and threatening to kill them. They said that he did not flash any lights or sirens to let them know they were being pulled over.

A video of the incident shot by witnesses shows a police officer handcuffing Ames and kicking him while shouting repeatedly, “When I tell you to do something, you f—— do it.”

“Our hands are up, we’re just trying not to get shot, trying to stay calm,” Ames told CNN. “He had a gun drawn.”

Related Article: ‘This Is Gonna Look Really Bad’: Bodycam Footage Shows Texas Rangers Leading Black Man with Rope

Harper, who was five months pregnant at the time, exited the car with her two other young children, one in her arms and the other by her side. One of the two officers attempted to take the child out of her arms, CNN reported, but Harper gave the child to a bystander instead.

Harper said she was afraid the officer was going to shoot her in front of the children.

Along with Meyer being fired, a second officer who also was there and appeared to have pulled their gun received a written reprimand. The Phoenix Police Department recommended that Meyer receive a six-week unpaid suspension but Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said she didn’t think it was enough.

“In this case, a 240-hour suspension is just not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects of his actions on our department and our community,” Williams said of Meyer during a press conference on Tuesday.

Latest News

AOC celebrates a victory in Among Us during her Twitch stream

AOC Livestreamed ‘Among Us’ on Twitch to Encourage Everyone (but Particularly Young People) to Vote

New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is stepping up Democratic efforts to make sure young voters are prepared when heading to the polls on Election Day, especially in light of COVID-19. On Oct. 21, 2020, AOC livestreamed on Twitch to engage with the younger demographic that frequents the video game-centric…

Black Lives Matter face mask for preventing spread of COVID-19

BLM T-shirts and Trump Masks Cause Uproar at Early Polling Locations; New Credit Cards Allow Trans Individuals to Use Preferred Name; and More

BLM T-shirts and Trump masks cause uproar at early polling locations. Voters’ choice of clothing when heading to the polls in Florida and Tennessee has begun making headlines across the country. The Washington Post reported that Miami police officer Daniel Ubeda has come under fire for wearing a Trump-endorsing face…

Close-up image of COVID-19 virus

Black and Latinx Individuals Increasingly Worried About Impact of COVID-19 on Career; Potential Spike in New Disabilities Due to Pandemic; and More

More than 50% of Blacks and Latinx individuals significantly worried about finances and career prospects due to pandemic. COVID-19 continues to be top of mind for most of the country, especially as cases appear to be worsening in our current third wave of the illness. But a new survey of…

Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.)

Rep. Jahana Hayes Attacked in Racist Campaign Town Hall; 1 in 4 Americans Unemployed According to New Data from Axios; and More

Racist trolls interrupt Zoom town hall hosted by Jahana Hayes, Connecticut’s first Black congresswoman. “I am not OK,” wrote Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) in a moving post describing a violent attack that took place at one of her recent campaign events. Ten minutes into the Zoom town hall for one…

reproductive, benefits, workplace

The Importance of Reproductive Benefits in the Workplace

With President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to take the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, the issue of reproductive rights has again become a hot button topic. While Ginsburg repeatedly voted against restrictions on birth control and abortion access, the historically conservative Barrett is expected to tip the…

International African American Museum Receives New Markets Tax Credits from TD Community Development Corporation

Originally published on newscenter.td.com. TD’s investment will help the non-profit create 186 new jobs, exhibit space TD Community Development Corporation (TDCDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TD Bank, N.A., announced today its allocation of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, to assist…