Investigation underway after 11-year-old girl tased by officer

Ohio

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – An 11-year-old who allegedly shoplifted from a Cincinnati grocery store was tased by police.

Now an investigation has been opened into the actions of the officer, as reported by 2 NEWS partner WLWT.

Donna Gowdy, the young girl’s mother, said, “I can understand sixteen or seventeen, but this was an eleven-year-old child. She didn’t deserve it.”

Both she and her daughter Donesha Gowdy admit that she was shoplifting when the officer, who is also African-American, told her to stop.

“They bet me to walk out, so I walked out. He told me to stop…kept going,” said Donesha. When asked why she kept going, she said it was because she felt scared.

Donesha says as she was walking away, she was hit in the back with the taser.

Police say none of the cameras at Kroger captured the incident and the officer tried, but failed, to turn on his body camera before the incident.

Wednesday, Vice Mayor Chris Smitherman signed a motion to raise the allowable age for taser use from seven to twelve.

“I want to understand, comprehensively, what happened and maybe why the officer thought tasing was the best use of force and not detaining the child,” he said.

Meanwhile, Donna is pressing Donesha to understand her part in the incident.

“I’m not defending what she did. What she did was wrong, but two wrongs don’t make a right. He’s an adult. He should have known better.”

The officer has been placed on restrictive duty pending the outcome of this investigation.

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