Dravon Ames, 22, and Aisha Harper, 24, are parents to two young children.
Their four-year-old daughter allegedly stole a $1 Barbie doll at a Family Dollar store. The couple claim they were unaware their daughter took the toy.
To their shock and surprise as they left the store, they were held up at gunpoint by officers.
Now rap superstar Jay-Z is stepping in to offer legal support for the Phoenix couple.
The philanthropic arm of the rapper’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, has hired a high-powered attorney to join the legal team.
They are preparing to sue the city of Phoenix for $10million.
Dravon and Aisha have filed a notice of claim on Thursday. They accuse the officers of committing battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, and infliction of emotional distress.
In response the Phoenix police released a 16-page incident report. They accuse the couple of stealing other items from the store and allege they were “combative.”
However, Jeri Williams, the chief of police, said on Sunday that she has apologized to the family.
“What we saw in that video isn’t in keeping with good policing, it’s unacceptable,” she told KPNX-TV.
“I apologized to the family for the interaction and to be honest with you, I’m apologizing to the community too because that is not what should have happened in that circumstance.’
In disturbing video footage of the incident, released on Friday, cops can be seen pointing their guns at a pregnant Harper.
As Aisha was was holding her one-year-old daughter, an officer screams at her: “I’m gonna put a f***ing cap in your f***ing head.”
RocNation has announced that it would provide legal assistance to the family. It has also called for the police officers involved to be fired.
The company also announced that it hired Alex Spiro to work with the family’s lawyers pro bono.
Team ROC says that it also plans additional legal action against the police officers involved.
Dania Diaz, Roc Nation’s managing director of philanthropy, called the incident “absolutely sickening.”
“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.”