CINCINNATI,OH -- An off-duty police officer is accused of using a taser on an 11-year-old girl Monday evening in Ohio.
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac promised "a very thorough review" of his actions, as well as the department's use-of-force policies as they pertain to juvenile suspects. He said he's "extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age."
The officer was called to investigate reports of several young girls stealing items from the Kennard Avenue Kroger when he spotted the 11-year-old walking away with a backpack full of items, according to Lt. Steve Saunders.
Police say she refused to stop after the officer warned her, and then he stunned her with the taser.
Her mother, Donna, doesn't believe any child should be stunned with a taser. Donna said her daughter's body still hurts from that night, and that she shivers when she goes to bed.
"If you can't run, then you need to get off the police force. If you can't handle an 11-year-old child, then you really need to get off the police force. You here to protect these kids," she said.
Medics at the scene checked on the girl, as did staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Saunders said. She appeared healthy.
Police charged her with theft and obstruction before releasing her to her parents.
"It was sad," the girl said Wednesday.
The girl's mother added that the policy must change.
"I don't want it to happen to nobody else's kids, because it could've been worse. It could've been a gun," she said.
PD procedures on use of force state, "The TASER may be deployed on a suspect actively resisting arrest when there is probable cause to arrest the suspect, or to defend one's self or another from active aggression."
The procedure also notes that officers should consider the severity of the crime, the level of suspicion with respect to the fleeing suspect, the risk of danger to others and the potential risk of secondary injury to the suspect due to their surroundings before using a taser.
"An individual simply fleeing from an officer, absent additional justification, does not warrant the use of the TASER," CPD procedure states.
A Kroger spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the police investigation.