The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Police Threaten 4-Year-Old in Phoenix, Arizona

Jun 24, 2019

Ten cops and a lieutenant surrounded a family in their car in an apartment complex parking lot in Phoenix, Arizona.

“I’m going to f___ing put a cap in your f___ing head!” the officer yelled with his gun drawn and aimed at Dravon Ames. Iesha Harper, pregnant, was in the back seat with her one-year-old in a car seat and her four-year-old daughter.

Apparently the 4-year-old shoplifted a “Barbie-like doll” from the Dollar Store. Millions of people have seen the video of this outrageous incident. The police pointing guns at the family, kicking Dravon, handcuffing him, forcing Iesha out of the car. She was forced to hand her babies to total strangers. Even after explaining she was pregnant, the cops still forced her to the ground and handcuffed her. The whole time, guns were aimed at this family.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego issued an apology, calling the police action “completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional.” Those words do not even begin to describe what happened to this family on May 27th of this year. The police threatened their lives. They terrorized and traumatized this family. This is not new to black communities and goes back to the time of slavery.

The police function like an armed occupation force in working class and poor neighborhoods. Their intent is absolutely to control, subdue and intimidate. And no apology or excuse given by authorities can justify its existence.