The unidentified officer was off duty, working security at a grocery store, when he used the device on a girl suspected of shoplifting. The cop was placed on restricted duty while officials investigate.
An off-duty Cincinnati police officer moonlighting as a Kroger grocery store security guard used a Taser on Monday to stun an 11-year-old girl who was suspecting of stealing, reports the city’s Enquirer. The officer, whose identity was not released, was placed on restricted duty, and Police Chief Eliot Isaac has opened an investigation. “We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age,” 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.”
Police department policy says Tasers are “for self-defense or to temporarily immobilize a subject who is actively resisting arrest.” The off-duty officer working at the Spring Grove Village Kroger was investigating several young girls allegedly stealing from the store, police said. The officer approached the 11-year-old, but she ignored the officer and continued to walk away, according to police. The officer then struck the girl in the back with the Taser. The girl was arrested on charges of theft and obstructing official business. She was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for evaluation and released to a parent’s custody. The girl will appear in juvenile court.