Cops use Taser on 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting
CINCINNATI — Some officials in Cincinnati are calling for a change to police policy after an officer used his stun gun to shock an 11-year-old Ohio girl suspected of shoplifting from a supermarket.
Cincinnati police can use stun guns to incapacitate people as young as seven years old if they’re actively evading arrest, under current policy.
Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman has proposed raising the minimum age for stun gun use by police to 12 years old. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the department will review policies on use of force on minors, and that he was “extremely concerned” such force was used on a child that young.