- A Cincinnati police officer used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl after she was allegedly caught shoplifting at a local Kroger.
- According to the department’s policy, tasers can be used on children as young as seven years old.
- Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac has launched a review of their policies regarding the use of force on juveniles.
The Cincinnati police department has launched an official investigation after an incident on Monday night when a police officer used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl.
According to authorities, an officer arrived to a local Kroger to investigate reports of several young girls shoplifting from the store. When the officer approached the 11-year-old, she began walking away. After she ignored several commands to stop, the officer deployed his Taser, striking her in the back.
The girl was taken to the Children’s Hospital Medical Center for evaluation then released into parental custody.
Although Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the department was “extremely concerned“ over the use of force used by officers on children this age, according to department policies, the use of a Taser is permitted on children as young as seven years old.
The official policy reads, “Officers should avoid using the Taser on obviously pregnant females and those individuals under the age of 7 or over the age of 70 due to the potential for these individuals to fall when incapacitated by the Taser, unless the encounter rises to the level of a deadly force situation.“
Very much appreciate the Police Chief’s statement here. I can’t imagine a scenario where it would be acceptable to use a taser on an 11 year old child because she was taking food. pic.twitter.com/rS3LcUo0GS
— Chris Seelbach (@ChrisSeelbach) August 8, 2018
In a statement released by the Cincinnati Police Department, Isaac announced that he has launched an official review of department policies relating to the use of force on juveniles.
The officer involved in the incident was placed on „restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation.“
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Source: Business insider