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Mayor: 11-Year-Old Girl Struck by TASER Will Not be Charged with Shoplifting

August 09, 2018  | 

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On Monday, a Cincinnati police officer working an off-duty security shift at a Kroger grocery store deployed a TASER on an 11-year-old girl who was reportedly suspected of shoplifting.

According to reports, Officer Kevin Brown was investigating a group of juvenile girls suspected of stealing from the store. Brown reportedly approached one of the girls, but she ignored his commands to stop and kept walking out of the store. Brown fired his TASER, striking her in the back.

The girl was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and was initially charged with theft and obstructing official business.

According to WHIO-TV, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley subsequently asked Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to drop charges against the girl.

"I'm happy to report that he did and I thank for him doing so," Mayor Cranley said in a statement.

Officer Brown is reportedly not allowed to work the detail or work the street until an investigation is completed.

Comments (5)

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Jojo @ 8/9/2018 2:28 PM

The girl is a punk, but come on, Tasering an 11 year old? Just grab her, what are you scared of?

Jim Barrett @ 8/9/2018 2:45 PM

Gotta be the coppers fault, after all who wants to blame this little tyke for being out capering at 11? Don't want to blame lack of parental supervision or a moral compass. Let the child get a free pass and blame the copper, no ramifications when she gets older and keeps on this path.

CaptMidnight @ 8/9/2018 3:36 PM

Classic misuse of the TAZER
Subject to dept. policy, TAZERS are to be used as a less lethal meansa of SELF-DEFENSE. As pointed out above, WHAT threat did an 11yr old girl pose?

needless to say, the coming Civil Rights Suit against the city and Officer Donut here, will be forthcoming regardless of the IAD investigation.

No Kroger donuts for you.......... No SACKDRAG extra job either.

This guy will be lucky not to get run off over this.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/9/2018 4:19 PM

If that would have been me I would have just let her run and told who ever that I could not catch her. It would have been just as bad had he went hands on with an 11 year old. Worst that could have happened would have been a butt chewing for not doing his job and same old story "damned if you and damned if you don't".

DEPUTYJJG @ 9/8/2018 8:23 AM

Glad I read the whole story. Going by the headline, I thought the Mayor was also the prosecutor. LOL. Seriously, I can't imagine using a taser on an 11 year old kid. Good luck Mr. Former Officer. I would bet you get run off as Capt. Midnight stated. JJG

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