Mother speaks out after cop Tased her 11-year-old daughter
Raw video: Cincinnati mother angry after a police officer a stun gun on her 11-year-old daughter, who was accused of stealing from a supermarket.
An 11-year-old girl was allegedly Tased by a police officer who suspected her of shoplifting at a Cincinnati Kroger supermarket on Monday night.
The girl, who was not immediately identified, was approached by a Cincinnati police officer Kevin Brown at a Kroger, after he suspected her of the use of a backpack to shoplifting. Cincinnati police said Brown approached her, but she tried to flee and was shocked with the stun gun. The girl was taken to a hospital following the incident.
The girl was accused of theft and obstruction of justice, but Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked the prosecutor to drop the charges.
“Tasing an 11-year-old who posed no danger to the police is wrong. I’m sorry for the damage to her and her family,” Cranley wrote in a statement. “This evening I called and asked an officer of justice and the Fear of dropping to the girl. I am happy to report that he did and I thank him for doing so.”
Brown was placed on restricted duty until an investigation is completed, FOX 19 reported. Brown was an off-duty security detail at the supermarket at the time of the incident, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
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The girl’s mother, Donna Gowdy, calling the incident “scary and painful” in an interview with FOX 19.
“I’m sure the great man would have done better than that. I would have preferred he picked her up and held her up. That would show that you really wanted to catch her,” Gowdy said.
The mother had no excuse for her daughter and her actions, but I don’t think they should be treated the way they did that.”
“They took a number of things they have not done so, but at the same time, she didn’t need to be treated the way they did for the take of those things, she is only 11 years old,” Gowdy said.
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The girl was with her sister and her boyfriend at the time of the incident. She did not comment on the incident, but told the Cincinnati Enquirer that she was sad.” Gowdy, said her daughter has pain in the lower back as a result of the Tasing.
“If you can’t subdue this small children, you should search for a different job,” Gowdy told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “They should never be Tased.”
Cincinnati police told that they would be able to use stun guns on people between the ages of 7 to 70 when “a defendant [is] actively resisting arrest when there is probable cause for the arrest of the suspect.”
“I just want justice,” Gowdy said. “Not only for me but for others also.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.