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11-Year-Old Tased By Police After Alleged Shoplifting Incident

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CINCINNATI (WLWT) -  An 11-year-old girl who was suspected of stealing food from a Cincinnati supermarket was tased by an off-duty police officer.

According to WLWT, the girl, who allegedly stole food items from a Kroger store, was shocked with a Taser after she allegedly ignored an officer and started to walk away.

The fourth-grader said that she did not try to fight the officer and that she was not aggressive toward him.

The officer who stunned the child was identified as Kevin Brown, 55, in court documents. Police said he was working off-duty as a security guard. 

"I'm not saying what she did was cool, I'm not saying that, but what he did was totally wrong," the girl's mom, Donna Gowdy told reporters."Whoever thought of these rules needs to step back and think. I'm not just worried bout my own [child]. I'm not trying to see any kid get done like that."

Cincinnati police department procedure says officers should avoid using tasers on children under 7 or on people over 70.

The procedure also states that “an individual simply fleeing from an officer, absent additional justification, does not warrant the use of the TASER.”

Donesha was charged with theft and obstructing official business.

"We are saddened by this situation," a spokesperson for Kroger said in a statement. "Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and associates. Our thoughts are with the family and child."

Brown has been placed on limited duty during the investigation.

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