Chief: Cincinnati officer who used Taser on 11-year-old violated department policies

Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

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An internal use of force review found that the police officer who stunned an 11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting violated several Cincinnati Police Department rules in the incident, according to our partners at WCPO-TV.

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Officer Kevin Brown was working an off-duty security detail at Kroger last month when he used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl who was accused of shoplifting.

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Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Tuesday there are several "procedural violations against the officer involved."

According to a use of force review prepared by police, Brown violated the Cincinnati Police Department policies:

  • for activating body worn cameras after he used the Taser, about five minutes after he was alerted to the theft attempt
  • for use of force because he used the Taser without first making a warning about the impending Taser use
  • for use of force considering the severity of the crime and threat posed by the suspect, which in this case investigators said did not warrant Taser use
  • for expressing prejudice by making a comment about the lack of grocery stores in predominantly black communities

Police released the review and body camera video from the incident on Tuesday. One aspect of the video shows the 4-foot-11, 90-pound girl crying as firefighters remove the Taser barbs from her back, according to our media partners. 

Brown is also heard on camera making a comment that the review considered as expressing prejudice.

"This is why there aren't any grocery stores in the black community, because of all this going on," Brown told the girl, both of whom are African-American.

In an interview for the use of force review, Brown acknowledged that the 11-year-old did not appear to be a threat to himself or others. He told an investigator that his statement about grocery stores in black communities is supported by statistics and was not biased.

The 11-year-old took items like candy, beef jerky and infant clothing worth a total of $53.81, according to the use of force review. She was initially charged with theft and obstruction, but the charges were later dropped.

During a Law and Public Safety Committee meeting, Chief Isaac said he believes the police department's use of force policy is “very solid,” but there may be areas officials can “tweak.”

Brown will now face a pre-disciplinary hearing, according to Chief Isaac.

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