Mayor Gallego wrote on Twitter that the incident made her feel ‘sick’ [File:Ross D. Franklin/AP]

The mayor of Phoenix apologised and called a community meeting for this week amid public anger over a viral video showing police pointing a gun at the parents of a four-year-old child over allegations she shoplifted a doll.

The mobile phone video showed a Phoenix officer drawing his weapon and shouting profanities after a father, mother and two young daughters left the Family Dollar store on May 27.

The parents were unaware one of their girls took a doll without paying for it, according to the family. Police said they were tipped off to the theft by employees.

Officers confronted the family in the car park of a

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