Rev. Jarrett Maupin, left, Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper in some unspecified time in the future of a press conference on Monday, June 17, 2019. (KTAR News Photo/Ali Vetnar)
PHOENIX – The Phoenix man whose shoplifting case grew to turn out to be nationwide news over viral videos of a police confrontation faces charges for allegedly assaulting Tempe officers final year, but his adviser is claiming brutality if that is the case, too.
Dravon Ames modified into arrested Oct. 31, the day after his Twenty 2d birthday, after entering into a fight with two officers responding to a automobile collision at Rural Avenue and University Force in Tempe, in accordance with court paperwork.
Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a civil rights activist who has been advocating for Ames, Iesha Harper and her two younger younger of us in the Phoenix case, instructed KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos on Tuesday that he has video of the Tempe officers beating Ames.
Officers acknowledged they attempted to detain Ames because he modified into appearing unevenly and wouldn’t reply to questions, in accordance with the probable reason assertion.
Ames allegedly reached for an officer’s gun in some unspecified time in the future of the fight that ensued. One officer struck Ames in the face three to five times, and the different subdued him with a stun gun.
One of many officers modified into handled for an injured thumb after the incident, though it wasn’t broken.
Final month, a mammoth jury indicted Ames on two charges of aggravated assault, one a class 4 prison and one a class 5 prison.
Maupin acknowledged Ames had bustle out of gasoline and modified into making an strive to perambulate his automobile, which differs from the police account.
“I will acknowledge that I bear videotape from his stumble on with the Tempe Police Division that shows two guys developing to a younger man whose automobile ran out of gasoline on his birthday, and he modified into pushing his automobile out of the boulevard,” Maupin acknowledged.
The officers acknowledged Ames modified into standing by his automobile, which had been in a collision. They acknowledged he wouldn’t perambulate out of the roadway, where it wasn’t safe, so they moved to detain him.
Officers furthermore acknowledged they smelled marijuana in the auto and Ames admitted to having smoked it.
“And I bear video that shows these two guys who are over 6 toes and over 180 pounds every beating the snot out of somebody after which one in every of them had the audacity to file a grievance for being assaulted because their thumb modified into bent relief. And I’ve bought photos of the kid that looks esteem the full Klan had him over for a beating celebration.”
Maupin acknowledged he can’t confer with the evidence Tempe police has about the incident.
“I will most practical account for you what we’ve seen. I haven’t seen what Tempe has build apart out. I will most practical account for you [about] the video now we bear seen. The photos now we bear seen. The clinical experiences now we bear seen,” he acknowledged.
“So no I’m no longer on the point of indict somebody’s personality since you suspect something.”
Final week, the family’s representatives released two bystander videos of the police confrontation in a car car parking zone at an dwelling advanced at thirty 2d and Roosevelt streets.
Police followed Ames’ automobile, wherein Harper, a 4-year-historical and a 1-year-historical were passengers, in accordance with a shoplifting file at a end-by Family Buck retailer.
The family has been asserting the incident alive to a doll the 4-year-historical took from the retailer.
The videos, which propelled the case into nationwide headlines, exhibit an officer roughly handling Ames and at one point kicking his leg after he modified into handcuffed.
They furthermore exhibit an officer with his gun pulled threatening Harper, who is pregnant, and utilizing expletives while she is keeping the newborn.
The family filed a narrate of watch final week, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, searching for $10 million.
Ames and Harper accused the officers of battery, unlawful imprisonment, incorrect arrest, infliction of emotional injure and violation of the civil rights in the narrate (warning: explicit language).
Earlier than the narrate modified into filed, the Phoenix Police Division acknowledged it launched an internal investigation of the officers’ response after seeing the videos.