11-Year-Old Stunned With Taser by Ohio Officer Who Suspected Her of Stealing https://t.co/FmTKiM97MV "According to the Cincinnati Police Department’s procedure manual, Tasers may be used on children as young as 7."
— Errol Louis (@errollouis) August 9, 2018
CINCINNATI, OHIO — Here’s an absolute show of excessive force by a grown-a** man with a badge, senselessly tasering a small 11-year-old girl … in the back!
Talk about the most coward-a** move known to law enforcement. These departments assuredly need to do some housecleaning in their units.
According to a press release by the Cincinnati Police Department, the incident took place on August 6. The statement says the officer was pretty much off-duty at a local grocery store and approached “several female juveniles” who were accused of stealing.
Apparently, when the officer came upon the 11-year-old girl, she reportedly ignored him as he was speaking and continued to walk away while the man with a badge gave orders for her to stop.
That’s when this buffoon of an officer deployed his taser, striking the child in her back, according to the press release. After which, she was arrested and taken into custody. The source says she was also charged with theft and obstructing official business.
— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) August 8, 2018
NOTE: Totally understanding that theft is wrong and criminal, this officer is still a grown man, and she’s quite the small 11-year-old. The source says she’s approximately 4’11” and 90 pounds. Deploying his taser was beyond careless, stupid, reckless, and dumbfounding. The department is getting its butt handed to it via the tweet’s comments. There hasn’t been one comment in favor of their actions.
According to Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac, the officer — Kevin Brown, as reports Buzzfeed News — has been placed on “restricted” duty pending the investigation. The chief mentions as follows.
“We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age. As a result, we will be taking a very thorough review our policies as it relates to using force on juveniles, as well as the propriety of the officer’s actions.”
Well, DUH! That should simply be “common sense” behavior — not to shoot an unarmed, non-threatening 11-year-old girl in the back.
In a statement, Buzzfeed News says a Kroger spokesperson said that, while it was an “isolated situation, we share Police Chief Isaac’s extreme concern and appreciate the Cincinnati Police Department’s response.”
“We want to understand what happened, why it happened, and we are assisting local law enforcement with their investigation,” the Kroger spokesperson mentioned in the statement.
— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) August 8, 2018
A Cincinnati police spokesperson did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment.
The source reports that the girl is a fifth-grader and was carrying a book bag full of items from the store, mainly food.
HER MOTHER RESPONDS
Donna Gowdy, the 11-year-old’s mom, said that her daughter’s back still hurts from the taser. Too, now the girl shivers at night when trying to sleep.
According to WCPO, Gowdy says she wants justice for her child. She told the source that it could’ve been much worse — like, an actual gun.
“If you can’t run, then you need to get off the police force. If you can’t handle an 11-year-old child, then you really need to get off the police force.”
Mind-bogglingly enough, the Cincinnati Police Department’s policy on “force” notes that officers can taser anyone between the ages of 7 and 70, except pregnant women. Yet, parents get their kids taken away for physical discipline? But, it’s okay if a total stranger with a badge tasers the hell out of the kid?
Nevertheless, the guidelines state that a taser should only be used on a suspect who’s “actively resisting arrest,” when the officer needs to defend against the suspect, or from “active aggression.”
Did any of these really fit the bill?
According to the policy: “An individual simply fleeing from an officer, absent additional justification, does not warrant the use of the taser.”
Reportedly, policy guidelines advise officers to consider the crime’s severity, as well as the suspect’s risk to others before using the taser.
To make matters worse, Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the officer also didn’t activate his body camera until after he fired the taser.
With this in mind, Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman says there needs to be a complete investigation into this situation.
“It’s hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours.”
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