Last week, a horrific police encounter showed the moment a Phoenix, Arizona, family was accosted by police after their four-year-old daughter exited a Family Dollar store with a doll.
The incident which was captured on video, shows Phoenix police officers as they point guns at the family and yell obscenities demanding cooperation.
Over the weekend, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation family stepped up to offer legal assistance in the ongoing litigation between Dravon Ames, his fiancée Iesha Harper, and the city of Phoenix. Ames and Harper are suing the city of Phoenix for $10 million. Team Roc will be represented by attorney Alex Spiro pro bono as he plans to file a charge of child neglect against one of the officers, USA Today reports.
“There is no place for that behavior in our world – let alone our justice system – and we are calling for the immediate termination of the police officers in question,” Diaz said. “We are committed to supporting the family to ensure that justice is served,” said Roc Nation Managing Director of Philanthropy Dania Diaz in a statement obtained by USA Today.
Both of the involved officers are now being probed as part of an internal investigation. Phoenix Police Chief apologized for the department’s role in the incident, but remains steadfast that the parents were shoplifting.
On Saturday Mayor Kate Gallego released a statement apologizing to the family of Ames and Harper.
“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community,” Gallego wrote in the statement. “This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged.”
According to the tweet Gallego plans to hold a community meeting on Tuesday to discuss a plan of action. Phoenix’s Police Chief Jeri Williams also apologized, however still maintains that the officers were called to the scene due to shoplifting.
The rapper has been known to extend help in extreme cases detailing disenfranchisement and social justice. Last year Jay-Z was influential in securing the release of rapper 21 Savage after he was arrested and faced deportation. The company also stepped in to help secure justice for a man who was unfairly arrested for sporting a hoodie at a Memphis mall. He again stepped in to facilitate regarding the case of an 11-year-old boy who was arrested after refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance.