By Bree Burkitt and BrieAnna J Frank • Jun 17, 2019
A philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation has offered to provide legal support for a Phoenix couple that accused police of using excessive force and threatening to shoot them in an incident caught on video.
Dravon Ames, 22, and his pregnant fiancée, 24-year-old Aisha Harper, were pulled over by Phoenix police near 36th and Roosevelt streets on May 27. The family, including in legal filings, mistakenly reported the incorrect date. They allege police pointed a gun at their children, threatened them and physically harmed Ames and their daughter because the child took a doll from a dollar store.
The couple is demanding $10 million from the city of Phoenix. A notice of claim filed Thursday says the police officers committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest and infliction of emotional distress in addition to violating their civil rights.
Team ROC has reached out to the family to provide legal support, call for termination of the police officers and "ensure the well-being of the children," said Didier Morais, a PR spokesperson for the organization.
Team ROC has secured high-profile attorney Alex Spiro to join the family's legal team pro-bono and plans on filing against one of the officers for child neglect, Morais said.
Roc Nation has informed its signed artists of the outreach, with rapper Meek Mill decrying the video of the encounter on his Twitter account Friday.