Charges dropped against Ohio 11-year-old shocked with stun gun

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Charges have been dropped against an 11-year-old Ohio girl who was suspected of shoplifting from a supermarket when a police officer shocked her with a stun gun.    

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday night that stunning the girl who “posed no danger to the police” was wrong.    

The encounter happened Monday night at a Kroger in the city. Police say the officer suspected the girl was using a backpack to shoplift when he approached her. They say the girl resisted and tried to flee before she was shocked with a stun gun.    

The girl was taken to a hospital and released to a guardian.    

She initially was charged with theft and obstruction of justice, but the mayor says he asked the prosecutor to drop the charges.    

An investigation is underway.

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