Police officer uses Taser on 11-year old girl suspected of stealing food from grocery store
August 08, 2018
(CINCINNATI, OHIO) – The Cincinnati Police Dept. has opened an investigation after one of its off-duty officers used a Taser to stun an 11-year-old girl who he suspected was stealing food from a Kroger supermarket.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the police officer was working a security job when he approached a group of young girls at the Spring Grove Village store.
The report says the 11-year-old reportedly turned away from the officer and started to walk away when he used the Taser to shoot a high voltage dart into the girl’s back.
The city’s Police Chief Eliot Isaac has opened an investigation into the incident. The newspaper quotes Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman as saying, “There needs to be a complete investigation. It’s hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased.”
The child was arrested on charges of theft and obstructing the investigation. According to the Enquirer, Cincinnati police policy permits taser use on children as young as 7 years old.