CINCINNATI, Ohio — A police officer is under scrutiny after he reportedly used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting at a grocery store.
Christopher Smitherman, the vice mayor of Cincinnati, tells WLWT Channel 5 an investigation of the incident, which occurred Monday night at a Kroger store, is under investigation.
Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac also is saying the department is planning a “a very thorough review” of the officer’s actions, according to WCPO Channel 9.
“We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age,” Isaac said.
WKRC Channel 12 reports the girl was among a group suspected of shoplifting at the Kroger. Police say she had filled a backpack with stolen items.
Reports say the girl ignored an officer who approached her and walked away while ignoring commands to stop. The officer then used the Taser and struck her in the back, reports say.
According to the Enquirer, the police department’s policy says officers can use a Taser on anyone from ages 7 to 70 “for self-defense or to temporarily immobilize a subject who is actively resisting arrest.”
The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment then released to her parents. She is charged with theft and obstructing official business.
WLWT reports the officer’s body camera was not on during the incident.
“We’re still waiting on bits and pieces of information but I can see no reason, I have a 12-year-old daughter, but I can see no reason why an 11-year-old child would be tasered given the circumstances for shoplifting,” City Councilman Coucilman Jeff Pastor tells WLWT.
The police officer has been placed on restrictive duty.