Officer gets back pay after suspension for tasing 11-year-old

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — The Cincinnati police officer who was suspended for using a taser on an 11-year-old girl will get back pay.

Officer Kevin Brown was cleared of accusations he used excessive force.

Brown deployed a taser on an 11-year-old caught stealing from Kroger in August 2018. He didn’t warn her before using the taser on her and didn’t turn on his body camera on until after she’d been detained.

The girl was hospitalized.

Brown was suspended for seven days.

Cincinnati Police determined Brown followed department guidelines, which allows the use of a taser on anyone between the ages of seven and 70.

An internal review also found that the girl had been carrying a little more than $50 in stolen items like candy, beef jerky and baby clothes.

“We start holding our children responsible at a very young age – don’t run in the street, don’t do these things. And by that time that you’re 11 years old, I would hope you would know not to steal,” states Dan Hils of the FOP. 

While the findings are in favor of Brown, the City of Cincinnati paid the girl’s family $240,000 to settle a lawsuit.

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