Phoenix Cop Christopher Meyer: 5 Quick Information You Must Know

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One of many Phoenix law enforcement officials seen threatening to shoot a younger Black household suspected of shoplifting a 99-cent doll and a pair of underwear from a greenback retailer has been recognized by quite a few information shops as Christopher Meyer.

Plus, his title is on the report. It’s reported he’s nonetheless on the job, albeit on a desk. Meyer earns $72,425 a 12 months as a Phoenix officer.

Metropolis paperwork affirm he’s a Phoenix police officer.

Phoenix police haven’t formally named Meyer or the opposite officers concerned within the disturbing incident caught on video from a number of angles and from quite a few recordings. Two cops are seen as being concerned within the assault on the unarmed household however are quickly joined by different law enforcement officials.

On Could 27, a younger couple, Dravon Ames, 22, his pregnant fiancée Iesha Harper, 24, and their daughters, Island, Four and 1-year-old London, had weapons pointed at them, have been informed they’d be shot and are seen being assaulted by officers.

Police have been responding to a name a few attainable shoplifting incident at a Household Greenback retailer. Court docket paperwork present that the shop didn’t summon police.

With weapons drawn, and whereas screaming orders rife with repeated f-bombs, cops surrounded the household and shortly was escalated by police into a daunting and surprising scene. It’s reported they weren’t carrying physique cameras and, a lawsuit alleges, didn’t initially file a report.

There are a selection of movies from numerous angles. In a single, officers may be heard screaming and cursing on the couple in entrance of their kids to “put your f*****g fingers up.” A cop is seen pointing a gun on the automotive, with kids inside, whereas one other cop yells, “You’re gonna f*****g get shot!”

An officer is seen slamming Ames’ face in opposition to a cruiser and kicks his legs and punches him within the again whereas he’s pinned to the police automotive. “Once I inform you to do one thing, you f*****g do it,” the cop yells at Ames quite a few instances. Ames says he’s com mendacity and is seen within the video complying. The opposite officer is seen attempting to grab Harper’s child out of her arms. He screams at her to place her fingers up whereas she’s holding her child. Then screams at her to place the child down on the pavement.

Harper mentioned {that a} cop informed her he may have “shot you in entrance of your fuc*ing children” as she was arrested, handcuffed and positioned inside a police cruiser.

The chilling menace that may be heard on the video that has shocked individuals essentially the most from police known as to a attainable shoplifting incident, is that this: “I’m gonna put a cap proper in your f*****g head!”

Phoenix police refuse to call the officers, however within the grievance obtained by Heavy, which may be learn beneath, the officer that threatened to kill Ames is known as “Myer, Meyer or Meyers.”

Late Friday afternoon, police issued an announcement. They declare that the couple had stolen underwear from the greenback retailer and say that they “rapidly” drove away and have been pursued. The couple informed police concerning the doll, police admit within the assertion. However police additionally declare “the person,” presumably Ames, threw a pair of “stolen” underwear out of the automotive window. Police additionally admit they didn’t consider the household was armed. They mentioned that for the reason that greenback retailer wasn’t serious about prosecuting the couple, no expenses have been filed. However Ames, police allege, was driving with a suspended license and that led to his automotive being impounded. Police described the complete incident, the violent arrest and threats to shoot the household, as, “a person and lady within the automotive have been taken into custody and detained.”

The total assertion is beneath.

Then Friday night time, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams posted a video assertion to Fb. She spoke about her officers “making contact” with the couple. She mentioned, “such as you, I’m disturbed by the language and motion of our officer,” saying the incident is “not consultant of the bulk” of the police division.

The total minute-long video is beneath.

Right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know:


1. Phoenix Police Division Police Officer Christopher Meyer’s Model of Occasions Doesn’t Match Up With Video Proof. He’s Heard Yelling at Ames, ‘I’m Gonna F*****g Put a Cap Proper in Your f*****g Head.’

Heavy obtained the police report written by Meyer. What he wrote is basically the narrative thus far: the couple’s baby took a greenback retailer Barbie-like doll and the household was pursued primarily based on that shoplifting incident. However, it reads that the couple have been combative and non-complaint when lastly stopped, regardless of the movies all displaying the other.

Meyer additionally wrote that the couple admitted to having a stolen $.99 doll within the automotive and, the report reads, Ames mentioned there was a pair of underwear that had been taken.

Meyer wrote that he was in “concern” whereas within the backseat of the automotive along with her child and younger daughter, he beleived since she didn’t put her fingers up, he believed she was reaching for a weapon. She mentioned she couldn’t increase her arms as a result of she was holding her child. What the report does not state is that police gave blended instructions, held the household at gunpoint, threatened to shoot and kill them, and manhandled, certainly assaulted, court docket paperwork allege, Ames, Harper and her child she was holding.

There is no such thing as a point out of threats to shoot family members.


2. Meyer & One other Officer ‘Held Toddlers & a Pregnant Lady at Gunpoint & Terrorized & Tortured a Younger Father,’ Former Arizona Lawyer Normal Tom Horne Wrote within the Household’s $10 Million Lawsuit Towards Phoenix

An area clergy member advocating for, and talking on behalf of, the household says that the Phoenix police division’s declare that it’ll examine to see whether or not extreme power was used is gorgeous in its audacity.

“Clearly, extreme power was used. Clearly, insurance policies and process weren’t adopted. Clearly, physique cameras weren’t being utilized. Clearly, the officers felt empowered to be disrespectful and abusive,” mentioned Reverend Jarrett Maupin. “What we demand to know is, what sort of background these officers have? They held toddlers and a pregnant lady at gunpoint, grabbed a mom and toddler by the neck, dislocated a 1-year-old’s arm, endangered a fragile being pregnant, terrorized and tortured a younger father, and no one was charged or jailed. These officers have to be held accountable. We wish justice.”

In an e-mail to Heavy, Maupin mentioned, greater than 10 unbiased eyewitnesses have agreed to come back ahead and cooperate with the household’s attorneys and with any investigations that could be carried out.

“We now have an unprecedented variety of residents coming ahead to share footage and provides eye-witness accounts. So many residents have been shocked to see police being so abusive with a pregnant mom and youngsters. So many individuals have been involved that the daddy was going to finish up lifeless due to police brutality and the violence of officers,” Maupin mentioned.

Officers by no means recovered the allegedly stolen doll.

Within the second video, which Maupin believes “is worse than the primary …officers are appearing like bullies and thugs. They endangered an unborn baby and traumatized two toddlers. Disgrace on them and disgrace on the division for not suspending them instantly – with out pay.”

“We wish to know, are any of those sickos on the so-called Brady Listing of identified rogue or drawback officers? Are any of those cops a part of the 75 recognized social media racists who stored their jobs? What occurs to officers when they’re caught on tape violating insurance policies and procedures and how briskly does it occur,” Maupin requested rhetorically. “The tradition of wilding throughout the Phoenix PD is making a mockery of police in all places.”

“The law enforcement officials dedicated battery, illegal imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional misery, and violation of civil rights beneath the fifth and 14th amendments of the US Structure,” the declare reads partly.

The declare states that Ames and Harper had been purchasing on the greenback retailer and have been pulling in to their babysitter’s constructing just a few blocks away when police pulled in behind them: “There had been no sirens or lights previous to that indicating that they need to cease their automotive. A police officer, who we consider is known as Meyer, got here to the entrance driver aspect of the automotive with a gun pulled, pulled open the door, and said to the daddy: “I’m going to place a cap in your ass.’ Later he said ‘I’m gonna shoot you in your fucking face.’ Each statements have been in entrance of the kids behind the automotive.”


3. Non Mincing Phrases, Horne Says Myers & Different Officers ‘Dedicated Battery, Illegal Imprisonment, False Arrest, Infliction of Emotional Misery, & Violation of Civil Rights …’

The grievance goes on to explain the accounts of Ames, Harper, and what’s seen and heard clearly on the movies:

“The police officer then went to the again door on the driving force aspect however couldn’t open it as a result of it was malfunctioning. He banged on the rear window. The mom and the 2 kids have been within the backseat on the driving force aspect. The police officer mentioned
‘open the fucking door.’ The mom mentioned, ‘the door received’t open.’ The police officer mentioned “put your fucking fingers up”. The mom mentioned ‘my fingers are up,’ which they have been on the time.”

“A second officer got here with a gun to the entrance seat on the driving force aspect and pointed it on the father. The primary officer pulled the daddy out of the automotive. The daddy didn’t resist in any approach then or at any time. The officer put the daddy on the bottom, and pushed the daddy’s head onto the recent pavement. The daddy tried to protest that he was complying and never resisting. The officer said, falsely, that he was resisting. The officer said “you need to do what I fucking inform you”. The officer handcuffed the daddy on the bottom. There was no resistance. {The handcuffs} have been too tight. The primary officer then yanked up the daddy by his fingers, threw his head in opposition to the door of the automotive which closed the door, after which threw him up in opposition to the again of the automotive. He informed the daddy to unfold his legs, which the daddy did. The officer kicked him in the correct leg so exhausting that the daddy collapsed, after which the officer yanked him again up. He stored his knee between the daddy’s legs. He punched the daddy very exhausting within the again for no motive.”

“Extra officers arrived, put the daddy in a police automotive, and stored them there for an hour. They didn’t loosen {the handcuffs} till after half hour within the automotive. They requested him “did you steal the fucking automotive”. He responded that he owned the automotive, which was a real assertion. The primary officer issued a ticket however put one other officer’s title on the ticket. The automotive was impounded with no justification. The daddy now was unable to get to work. He had been gainfully employed at a warehouse. He’s limping, can’t stand straight or carry weight. All of that is lowering his incomes capability.”

In the meantime, because the interplay with Ames was occurring, the opposite officer went for the mom.

“The primary officer then pointed the gun once more on the mom and the kids. The second officer walked across the automotive and continued to level a gun on the mom and the kids. The mom was pregnant, which was apparent from her look.
The mom and youngsters exited from the rear driver aspect. The primary officer grabbed the mom and the child round each of their necks, and tried to take the child out of the mom’s hand. He informed her to place the child on the bottom, which she was
unwilling to do as a result of the child couldn’t stroll, and the bottom consisted of scorching pavement. The primary officer pulled the child by the arm to get her away from the mom, which injured the arm, in a situation generally known as ‘lifeless arm.’”

“The mom gave the kid to a woman bystander. The officers then handcuffed her, which damage her arm. The mom and father each had bruises on her arms. The officer threw her into the police automotive face first. She was stored within the automotive for 15 minutes. The primary officer, Myers, got here again and yelled at her. He stored saying “I may have shot you in entrance of your fuc*ing children.”

Lawyer Horne wrote that the greenback retailer “made no grievance, and the police proceeded on the premise of what they have been informed by some nameless alleged witness.”

Horne wrote that the Phoenix police “dedicated battery, illegal imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional misery, and violation of civil rights beneath the fifth and 14th amendments of the US Structure …”

Tragically, the kid, “Island has been having nightmares and wetting her mattress, which she has not accomplished earlier than this incident.”

“Simply suppose, that four-year previous lady, one among her *first reminiscences* will probably be of a cop pointing a gun at her mommy whereas threatening to kill her. Take into consideration that. That’s essential right here. Poor baby. How will she ever really feel secure once more?”


4. Phoenix Police Mentioned They’re Investigating However Added Officers Had been Pursuing Shoplifters; They Allege the Couple Stole a Pair of Underwear From the Greenback Retailer. The Couple Admitted Their Daughter Had Taken a $.99 Doll

Phoenix TV information quoted Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson as saying Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams “has known as for an investigation by the Skilled Requirements Bureau.”

In a Fb submit, Thompson wrote:

“On June 11, 2019, we have been offered video of an officer taking two people into custody whereas investigating a shoplifting incident within the space of 3200 East Roosevelt Avenue. This occurred after the suspect automobile was stopped a brief distance from the scene of the theft. It concerned a person and a girl with two young children. Please be suggested, there’s some language which could be thought-about offensive. The video is deliberately blurred for redaction functions.”

Many famous that of the opposite movies accessible of the incident, Phoenix police Sgt. Thompson used this video, the place bystanders may be heard.

“You’re taking this severely, Sgt. Thompson, then these officers are fired with no additional evaluate and with out pension or advantages of any type. That is all of the proof that’s obligatory, after which some. You must most likely be fired as nicely.”

“I misplaced fairly a little bit of respect for you guys concerning this submit. First you mute/ blur down the video to flip the story a bit ..then I see the precise unaltered clip…it’s worthwhile to admit that you’ve got a rogue cop with severe anger points that can finally value somebody their life.”

“The Phoenix Police Division takes all allegations of misconduct severely and because of this, this incident is at present being investigated by the Skilled Requirements Bureau.”

The feedback on this submit are nearly fully vital of police.

“Disgusting habits on the law enforcement officials’ half, and in entrance of kids, AND the girl is pregnant. These law enforcement officials have to be fired and the remainder of the division must undergo intensive coaching. That is completely unacceptable. SHAME ON YOUR ENTIRE DEPARTMENT FOR HIRING THESE PEOPLE AND FOR THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRAINING. You want a serious overhaul if that is how our tax {dollars} are being spent.”

“FIRE THIS OFFICER IMMEDIATELY. Everybody within the division can also be in query. Together with whoever selected this model of the video to submit.”

“You aren’t defending. You might be harming. You’re the thugs and folks to concern. Hearth these officers and conform to prosecute. How dare you do that to kids.”

“Each officers used overly extreme power! Why did your officer kick his leg then informed him he wasn’t cooperating?? Why are your officers threatening to shoot this lady?? Wtf!! I wish to see each officer FIRED!!”

Per a report from Phoenix New Instances, Phoenix police launched an announcement noting officers “didn’t consider the household to be in possession of any weapons” They have been pursuing them as a result of they “allegedly stole meals and underwear from a greenback retailer.”

“On Could 27, 2019, at roughly 11:17 a.m., a Phoenix Police Officer was investigating an unrelated shoplifting at a retailer within the space of 1600 N. 36th Avenue, when he was suggested by retailer workers of one other shoplifting. The officer was directed to some people who have been getting right into a automobile. He noticed a girl drop a “meals foil,” when she noticed him. As he walked in direction of the automobile, the automotive rapidly backed up and began to go away car parking zone. It stopped at McDowell Highway, and one of many ladies received out and the automotive drove away. The girl was detained by the officer. It was later discovered the girl he detained had three misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. She was later booked for the warrants.

“An outline of the automobile was broadcasted over the radio. The automobile was situated a brief distance from the shop close to 32nd Avenue and McDowell Highway and it was adopted into the car parking zone of an residence complicated within the space of 3200 E. Roosevelt Avenue, the place a person and lady within the automotive have been taken into custody and detained. After being suggested of her rights, the girl who had been detained, mentioned her aunt and baby went into the shop and when she noticed her baby stroll out of the shop with a doll, she believed that they had stolen it, as a result of they didn’t have any cash.

She heard the officer who approached the automotive within the car parking zone inform the driving force to cease a number of instances, however he didn’t. After being suggested of his rights, the person mentioned he knew that they had shoplifted from the shop and that he threw a pair of underwear out the window, as a result of he knew they have been stolen. As well as, he said he knew he was driving on a suspended driver license. As a result of the property was returned, the shop workers mentioned they didn’t want prosecution, so nobody was charged with the shoplifting. The person nonetheless, was cited and his automobile was impounded, attributable to his driving on a suspended license.”

Friday night time, the police chief posted a video assertion to Fb.

The responses to Williams’ assertion have been principally from incredulous residents.

Rob Jones wrote: “Each phrase that officer spoke and each single motion he made is disgusting. Good query about insinuating that the automotive was stolen… telling them to maintain their fingers up however wanting them to open the door to get out…pulling a gun on them WHY??? If I used to be within the automotive, I’d be severely in concern of being shot. That officer is nothing greater than a menacing, terrorizing legal hiding behind a badge. And sadly I’d NOT have had the identical expertise if it was me as a result of I’m white.”

Fb consumer Cyn Tyler-Felt, wrote merely, and as one individual identified, “profoundly,” that: “At the present time I suppose the brilliant aspect is we’re not speaking a few lifeless household.”


5. Combing By 1000’s of Feedback on Social Media, There’s Just about None That Excuse the Actions of Myers & the Different As-of-Now Unnamed Police Officers

A seemingly international sense of concern is shared in tweets like these:

“@phoenixpolice I’d wish to report an assault on Could 29th,” one Twitter consumer wrote. “Suspect is a white male carrying a Phoenix Police Officers uniform. He was seen threatening to shoot a household of black individuals exterior a greenback retailer. Suspect is ARMED and DANGEROUS and stays at massive throughout the PPD!”

“I don’t like talking like this,” one other consumer tweeted, “As a result of I solely say what I imply. This officer or another that factors a weapon within the path of my kids must defend their life. He’s very lucky these persons are not educated and armed as many people are.”

And one other instance from Twitter, from which there hundreds extra: “Weapons must be drawn over imminent PHYSICAL threats.
A Barbie Doll theft is NOT a bodily menace, however reasonably a PROPERTY crime. Let me know in case you need assistance with coaching your officers.”

“What on the earth are you coaching your officers to try this they deal with a girl with a child like this,” one other Twitter consumer requested. “Unbelievable!”