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Police Enter Home With No Warrant Taser Father Holding His Baby

Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix and the People’s Law Firm are demanding three Tempe, AZ police officers are fired after they repeatedly tased a man in his own apartment while he was holding his 1-year-old child.

The incident, which was captured by an officer’s body camera, took place on June 15, 2019, when 31-year old Ivaughn Oakry answered a knock on his door from Officer Ronald Kerzaya. Kerzaya was responding to a call on the police non-emergency line from the mother of Ivaughn’s children, MeKeyla Brand. According to audio of the call, Mekeyla alleged that “someone” had “put his hands” on her. During the call Ivaughn can be heard in the background shouting at MeKeyla to leave the home.

Later in the day, MeKeyla told police that Ivaughn had pushed her multiple times.

MeKeyla also stated that she had a verbal altercation with Ivaughn about thirty minutes before officers arrived at the apartment.

The body camera footage of the incident shows Officer Kerzaya knocking on Ivaughn’s door. When Ivaughn answers, Kerzaya says, “Okay, what’s happening?”

Ivaughn responds, “Nothing.”

Kerzaya says, “Well that’s not what I’m being told.” After Ivaughn says that he is in his home, the officer walks through the door without warning and orders the 31-year-old to put his hands behind his back. At least two other officers appear in the video during the confrontation with Ivaughn.

Ivaughn refuses Kerzaya’s demands and says, “Bro, you’re not allowed in here.”

Ivaughn’s children can be seen and heard crying in the video after Kerzaya accompanied by other officers enter the apartment and point tasers at their father.

Ivaughn repeatedly pleads for the officers not to tase him in front of his children. 

About 46 seconds after Kerzaya enters Ivaughn’s home, the father’s 1-year-old baby walks up to him and Ivaughn picks him up. Kerzaya orders Ivaughn to put his baby down and says, “Look, you’re going to get tased.” 

Kerzaya continues to order Ivaughn to put the child down, but Ivaughn refuses. At about 3:40 in the video, MeKeyla, the woman who called police after her altercation with Ivaughn, can be heard saying, “He didn’t do anything.” It is unclear at what point in the video Brand enters the apartment.

At about 4:35 in the video, MeKeyla repeats that “nothing happened.”

Officer Kerzaya responds to MeKeyla saying, “No, that’s not how this works. You called us out here. You need to get out of the apartment now.”

Ivaughn pulls out his cellphone and appears to begin recording the officers, still demanding the get out of his house.

Shortly after, an off-screen officer says, “Do it. Do it. Do it.” The three officers tase Ivaughn, causing him to scream and fall into a pile of clothes as he holds his baby. One of the officers quickly grabs the baby and hands him to Brand.

Ivaughn was later arrested and booked into Tempe city jail. He was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly pushing the mother of his children while intoxicated, and with child endangerment for picking up his baby before he was tased. Tempe city prosecutors dropped both charges in August.

Heather Hamel, the lawyer representing Ivaughn, alleged to New Times that Tempe police did not have a right to enter Ivaughn’s home that day, a point disputed by police. She said they did not have a warrant or permission.

At least three officers entered the home without a warrant, according to Hamel. The mother of the children was outside the house at the time the officers entered.

“The Fourth Amendment prohibits the police from entering a home without a search warrant or consent unless there are exigent circumstances,” Hamel wrote in a statement. “Tempe PD cannot argue such circumstances exist here because the woman who initiated a call was outside of the home when the police arrived.”

Tempe police published its own press release at about 10 a.m., denying the child was hurt. In its statement, the police department said no use-of-force violations occurred, but that it has implemented new training procedures in light of the incident. Tempe PD’s full statement at the bottom of this story.

“Although, Oakry was affected by the taser, the child was not injured and there was no evidence of the child being struck with the taser probes,” the statement says, adding that police had responded that day to “a call for service regarding a domestic violence assault.”

“Officers developed a lawful right to enter the residence to contact involved party, Ivaughn Oakry, for a domestic violence-assault investigation,” the statement goes on to say. “While attempting to speak to Oakry, he became verbally combative with officers. During this time, Oakry committed endangerment by picking up his one year old child who walked up to him and refused to put the child down… Officers on scene decided to deploy their tasers on Oakry on the opposite side of his body from where he was holding his child. When officers deployed their tasers and hit Oakry, he fell onto a pile of clothing in trash bags while holding the child. Oakry continued to resist but was eventually taken into custody by several officers. Officers were able to safely retrieve the child and bring the child to his mother.”

A Tempe Fire Medical Rescue team told police that neither the child nor Oakry were injured, the statement says, and that no evidence shows “the taser barbs or cords made contact with the child Oakry was holding.”

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Colin Moore November 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm


Kyle November 8, 2019 at 7:44 am

What kind of scumbag uses a child as a human shield?! His OWN child nonetheless!

I clicked on this article thinking “Oh man what were these cops thinking?”

And I end up seeing a man grabbing a child and hiding behind it during a confrontation with police that he started? And people are defending HIM? He should be arrested just for that. The police are showing more concern for the children than their own father.

Shame on him. A man should defend his children, not endanger them.

PEG November 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm

These scumbag cops had no right to do this in this man’s home, especially in front of his children. Another example of police brutality at its finest. A bunch of low life crooks.

PEG November 12, 2019 at 10:04 pm

you’re just as sick as the cops.

PEG November 12, 2019 at 10:05 pm

You’re just as sick as the cops.

K November 14, 2019 at 3:51 am

A scared child going to his/her Dad, when in a scary situation, is far from “using child as human shield.”

Kcal November 16, 2019 at 3:23 am

What kind of cop enters a home with no warrant? An allegation of wrongdoing does not, I repeat, does not constitute the ability to enter ones property, search that property or detain an individual. This is a land of laws and no one should be held to the law more than the ones being paid to uphold it.

dave January 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Fuck you and the police, please join your ancestors burning in hell

Fuck you kyle January 8, 2020 at 10:44 pm

The man pleaded to y’all peacefully outside his home away from his children. Btw do you have kids? You know what a one year old does when they’re scared? They go up to daddy looking for protection, as you can see repeatedly said the child was asking for daddy. If he had put baby down there would have been a tantrum and refusal to leave daddy. That man shouldn’t have been tased in the first place let alone should have entered that mans house!!! How ignorant do you have to be to assume that father was in the wrong when the police are absolutely invading his home and threatening him and his family. They are trained to talk a situation down not to force obedience unlawfully. They didn’t have to tase him let alone have three people tase him at once… that first one didn’t even phase him… and I’ll remind you, he wasn’t holding the baby. They not only tased him and his baby but they put extra force when they knew that baby was going to be effected. He fell because they went to the extreme when that ABSOLUTELY was uncalled for! They only needed one person to tase him for that baby to scream, who actually knows how hurt that baby was if his daddy could be swept to the ground.

B. Daring November 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

This could have ended a lot worse than what it did. First, you can hear the two older kids crying, when the cops walked up. The baby, saw his daddy was agitated, so he wanted to be held. The mom, should’ve grabbed ALL three kids, when the cops came, so they wouldn’t further be traumatized. Both said nothing happened..okay, why so angry then. Talk to the cops outside, if you don’t want them entering your house. They showed concern for both him and the baby. They told him several times, put the baby down, put your hands on your head or you’ll get tased. When he did get tased, he fell on top of the baby. I do pray, that the baby didn’t get hurt. And, people can thumbs down my comment if they want, the cops weren’t in the wrong here.

Kcal November 16, 2019 at 3:25 am

No warrant, no sight or sound of danger or a crime. Absolutely no entry. Cops have to follow the laws as well. It’s funny to me how you can’t recognize when an officer is violating the law.

Val November 30, 2019 at 1:48 am

B. Daring fuck out of here fucking perpetrating wolf in sheeps clothing your nothing more but a justifying coward. Only reason you wrote that comment is because you approve of this type of injustice behavior among blacks and nobody can see your picture or how you look so you wrote that off the strength of not being identified. I bet you’re tye type who writes comments like these all the time on social media platform with no profile pic of yourself and probably on YouTube as well. The cops were clearly in the wrong for what they did and you know it. Entering a home without a warrent ,Thats called breaking and entering and assaulting someone in their own home. Two things against the law and hostage holding. Clearly you’re brainwashed and filled with ignorance and extreme stupidity for that comment. You were only confident because you’re safely untouched behind a device.

B. Daring can shove it up his ass January 8, 2020 at 10:59 pm

The man pleaded to speak outside, and your gonna tell me if police intrude in ur home with out question without warrant ur not going to be furious? As they sit and traumatize ur kids tase ring you? As you ask politely to speak outside? I’d be livid matter of fact and if anyone thinks they gonna take my child away while they are afraid, you said the couple was saying nothing happened but if you didn’t notice two of the officers also noticed and was verbal to complaint. They knew what they were doing was far extreme and you sitting here justifying one mans actions when four in the video was against.

B. Daring should b. Quiet January 8, 2020 at 11:08 pm

Are you saying what could be worse is that baby dead? Do we actually know how hurt that child is honestly bc they only state the child is okay bc it wasn’t hit by the taser not effected. And that hit was strong enough to take daddy down (unnecessarily) how bad was it to that baby? I’m curious if there was brain damage at the fucking least! They only needed to give another warning shot instead of taking the man down. As you can tell with only one person tasing him he was able to take but even still that baby didn’t deserve even that. And you say it could have been worse? Yea the baby could have died from those same actions they’re fucking lucky with their extreme force to make him abide by their set rules (as what they did was illegal) that the child came out of there at all. Fuck you and ur insensitive ass for that child!

Lawrence November 29, 2019 at 4:42 pm

She shouldn’t have called the police knowing their history.

Curmilus Dancy II November 29, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Wow! Stick with the facts as presented and not opinions and there lies the answer.

Tony January 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Lol.. if 4 people hold hands and one person gets tazed we are all gonna feel it.. test it

Desiree January 8, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Dude, they wanna place blame on a man holding his child for endangerment when police were the ones that hurt that poor baby!!! That whole police force should be shut down. As two of the officers even were in realization that that man hadn’t done anything the one demanding of the situation should have backed down and consulted the man as he plead to do. He is placed as the violent one although he begged to just talk. In other scenarios when there is violence police don’t even stoop this far and for this team to at all think tasing a man holding his child is what so ever okay… if I was that mother I’d be giving threats and asking for a warrant. I’d be threatening if they’d harm my baby they were bound to regret it. Me from watching this video I wish more than for that man to lose his job but at the least he better the fuck lose his job.


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