Ohio officer caught using taser on 11-year-old girl: "This is why there aren't any grocery stores in the black community"
Officer Ken Brown was found to have violated department policy after using a taser on an 11-year-old girl at a Kroger Store.
An Ohio officer who used a taser on an 11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting has violated the department's policy, say the Cincinnati police. Officer Ken Brown was caught on camera using the device on the girl at around 9.30 pm this past Monday, with officers suggesting that the taser was only used after the girl resisted arrest and tried to run away.
Just a few moments after using the taser to restrain the 11-year-old, the officer escorted her back into the Kroger store on Kenard Avenue where she and two other juveniles conspired to steal more than $50 worth food and clothing. In the footage, the child can be heard asking, "Can I call my mama," to which Brown replies by saying, "I'm going to call your mama. Come on, let's go."
Later, as the girl is being held at what appears to be a room in the back of the retailing store, Brown can be seen telling her, "Sweetheart. The last thing I want to do is tase you like that. When I say stop, you stop. You know you're caught. Just stop." He adds, "That hurt my heart to do that to you."
His tone soon changes, however, as he goes on a monologue defending his actions. He's next heard telling the girl, "Then I got to listen to all these idiots in the parking lot tell me how I was wrong for tasing you. You broke the law and fled as I was trying to apprehend you." He then appears to express a prejudice concerning race as he continues and says, "You know what sweetheart? This is why there aren't any grocery stores in the black community, because of all this going on."
Following the incident, the 11-year-old was taken to the children's hospital and later released to one of her parents. The police said in a statement that she had been charged with theft and obstruction of justice for trying to shoplift at the store and then trying to run.
According to ABC Chicago, Lt Steve Saunders of the CPD defended Brown's actions and said they were allowed to use a taser on anyone over the age of seven. However, a police review stated that Brown violated policy by not warning the girl that he would be tasering her. The review also found that the officer did not turn on his body camera in time.
Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman told WLWT-TV he has launched an investigation into the incident. Commenting on the case, police Chief Eliot said, "We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age. 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."
(NSFW) Watch the Ohio officer use the taser on the 11-year-old girl here: