11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting tased by off-duty officer

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(WRIC) — City Officials in Cincinnati are questioning the actions of an off-duty cop who used a stun gun on an 11year old girl accused of shoplifting from a grocery store.

CNN reports that the officer used his taser on the 11-year-old after she ignored several commands to stop. The girl was taken into custody and evaluated at a local hospital before being released into her parents’ custody.

Mayor John Cranley says that “tasing an 11-year-old who posed no danger to the police is wrong. I’m sorry for the harm to her and her family.”

The charges brought against the young girl, whose name has not been released, were dropped by prosecutors.

The police department is conducting a  “very thorough review” of the incident and its use of force policies, says Police Chief Elliot K.

The girl’s mother, Donna Gowdy, said the stun gun struck her daughter at the base of her spine and between her shoulder blades, leaving a small mark in her back.

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