11-year-old girl tased by Cincinnati officer after stealing food

Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 14:44:16-04
Kroger Grocery Store Cincinnati
Kroger Grocery Store Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH – An officer in Cincinnati is under investigation after he used a Taser gun on an 11-year old girl who was allegedly stealing food from a Kroger grocery store on Monday.

An off-duty officer working as security at a Kroger store was investigating several young girls suspected of stealing from the store.  When the officer approached the 11-year-old, she ignored him and continued to walk away. That’s when the officer tased the girl, hitting her in the back.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, chairman of the council’s Law and Public Safety Committee says they immediately launched an investigation, saying, “It’s hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be Tased. I expect answers in 24 hours.”

The officer’s name hasn’t been released at this time and he’s been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation.