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US mayor apologises after police threaten to shoot black family

AFP
Washington
The mayor of Phoenix apologied on Sunday after videos emerged showing police in the southwestern US city violently arresting a black family with young children.
The videos, shot by bystanders when the arrest happened last month, show police using foul language while shouting at the family to get out of their car, and threatening to shoot them.
A woman later emerges from the vehicle with two young children. She hands them over to a bystander before being arrested.
Separately, an officer is shown kicking the legs of another man who he is handcuffing against a police car.
“I, like many others, am sick over what I have seen in the video depicting Phoenix police interacting with a family and young children,” Mayor Kate Gallego wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
“There is no situation in which this behaviour is ever close to acceptable.
“As a mother myself, seeing these children placed in such a terrifying situation is beyond upsetting,” she said.
“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologise to our community.” On the local ABC affiliate, Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams said the officers had responded to a report of shoplifting when they encountered the family.

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