The Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) is now investigating one of its officers for apparently using a taser on an 11-year-old girl.

At approximately 9:30 PM on Monday, an officer responded to a call about potential shoplifting at a Kroger grocery store, in which an 11-year-old girl was walking through aisles with a backpack. When the officer approached her, she fled, and the officer responded by using his taser.

According to The Guardian, the 11-year-old was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she was treated before being released to a guardian. She was also apparently charged with both shoplifting and obstruction of justice, though it wasn’t immediately clear what items she is accused of stealing.

An internal CPD investigation is currently underway, and the officer involved has been placed on restricted duty pending the investigation’s outcome. The name of the officer who tased the 11-year-old girl has not yet been released to the public as of publication.

“We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age,” Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac said. “As a result, we will be taking a very thorough review of our policies as it relates to using force on juveniles as well as the propriety of the officer’s actions.”

Cincinnati vice-mayor Christopher Smitherman, who is also chairman of the city council’s law and public safety committee, called for a “complete investigation” to be conducted swiftly.

“t’s hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours,” Smitherman said.

Current CPD policy allows for officers to use their taser on children as young as seven years old. CPD’s public affairs department has not returned Grit Post’s requests for comment as of this writing.


Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at nickjewell@yahoo.com. 

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