On Sunday, the Mayor of Phoenix has apologized after videos appeared showing police in the United States’ Southern-West City violently detained a family with young kids.
The video was captured when the arrest took place in May, highlights the police using foul language while asking the family to get out of the car, and threatened to shoot them.
Later, a woman appeared from the car with two young kids. She handed them over to a passerby before being detained.
An officer is separately showing kicking the legs of another man, who is handcuffed against a police car.
Mayor Kate Gallego simply wrote on Twitter, “I, like many others, am sick over what I have seen in the video depicting Phoenix police interacting with a family and young children.”
Calls for the officer’s action as “clearly unprofessional” and “inappropriate”, Mayor Gallego wrote: “There is no situation in which this behavior is ever close to acceptable.”
She further said, “I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community.”
In an arrival on the local ABC affiliate, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams claims that the officers responsible to a report of shoplifting when they reached the family and encountered them.
“I’m sorry this incident happened,” said the Mayor Phoenix, adding that it was being investigated.
ABC reporters said that the victimized family has lodged $10 million claims against the city, reported violation of civil rights.
The incident was reported amid heightened inspection of law enforcement in the public in the United States, followed by a series of high-profile killings of African Americans.
In reply, the departments across the United States have declared reforms such as ordered officers to wear body cameras, while Mayor Gallego claims that Phoenix would speed up in the wake of the argument.