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Cincinnati Cop Used a Taser on an 11-Year Old Girl to 'Stop Her From Shoplifting'

"Sweetheart, the last thing I want to do is tase you like that," the officer told the girl.

An 11-year old girl suspected of shoplifting at a Cincinnati-area Kroger was tased and subsequently lectured by a cop who felt he had no other choice.


Adding insult to literal injury, a Cincinnati police officer, who used a stun gun, said that actions like hers hurts the "community," according to body camera footage of the arrest.

"You know, sweetheart, this is why there's no grocery stores in the Black community," said Officer Kevin Brown on a comment caught by his body camera.

Cincinnati police released a use of force report related to the Aug. 6 incident involving Brown, 55, who was working a theft prevention detail at the Spring Grove Kroger. Body camera footage was included in the release and shows the girl, who is African-American, scared and crying as Taser barbs are taken from her back.

Brown, who is also Black, violated four policies according to the report:

  • The comment constituted prejudice.
  • He did not turn on his body camera until after he deployed his Taser.
  • He did not warn the girl he was going to use his Taser. He told her to stop three times as she was exiting the store, but did not warn that he was going to escalate his use of force.
  • The incident wasn't serious enough to deploy a Taser. Police investigators said officers should use the least amount of force necessary when dealing with juveniles.

The incident, primarily the comment, lead to an internal investigation that indicated Brown violated department policies. Apparently, this was the second time Brown has been accused of making inappropriate comments while on duty, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which said he was previously written up for using a homophobic slur in reference to a domestic violence victim.

Cincinnati officials questioned Brown's treatment of the child.

"I just don't know if you have room on the police department for people like this. This guy, from what I am hearing, has serious issues," said Wendell Young, a city councilman and former police officer.

Of course, Cincinnati Police Union President Dan Hils, who's white, defended Brown's statement to the girl.

"This was nothing more than an African-American police officer talking to the girl in a fatherly way," Hils said.

Evidently, Hils perceives violence and sarcasm as an appropriate action against a Black girl because chasing her requires a police officer to work too hard.

Brown has been placed on restricted duties pending the outcome of the investigation. He can be counseled or dismissed according to Police Chief Eliot Isaac, who can make a determination after an inside department investigation.

The Conversation (3)
08 Sep, 2018

America is now afflicted with a growing epidemic of bad cops because good cops don't turn them in.

Evelyn Miller10 Sep, 2018

Officer Brown should be dismissed. I hate to suggest that a Black man lose his job mostly because he's likely to experience difficulty in finding another, but wrong is wrong and he was completely wrong in over-reacting to this situation with an 11-year old girl. I refuse to believe that he could not have handled this situation in a manner befitting the situation. He's has to go. BLM

Dawn07 Sep, 2018

Yes, my father often tasered me before he gave me fatherly advice. Clearly this guy needs to be fired.

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Spread the Word on Injustice: You Made #WhileBlack Viral

There are infinite stories out there, and it's time to hear from you, because we know #WhileBlack is happening to you.

Hundreds, even thousands of #WhileBlack stories have swept the nation. You made yet another truth viral with over 90,000 views: Black Restaurant Owner Arrested for Helping Unconscious White Woman Sues NYPD.

Recently, Clyde Pemberton, a businessman in #HarlemWhileBlack, decided, along with his employees to make #WhileBlack legal, literally, and hold the NYPD accountable for arresting them for helping a white woman.

The Harlem MIST owner's lawsuit blatantly states that he was a "conscientious business owner while Black", and his employees were arrested for "being helpful employees while Black."

They want justice for living their lives, trying to help people, and being punished and forever changed because of it. Investors are gone, business is suffering, and he and employees want nothing to do with the police now.

While many stories have been about police and emergency response personnel being annoyed about having to respond to calls about Blacks living their lives, like The Science Behind Why White People Call Police on Black People for Doing Ordinary Things, many also involve the men and women in blue, who act unprofessionally and downright racist in their #WhileBlack perpetuation.

We've covered it in corporate settings, everyday settings, police interactions; we've talked to experts about the phenomenon. #WhileBlack and the fear of a racial group losing its majority status have impacted the country's behavior:

"For people of color, our concern is that we're on guard for discrimination coming toward us. And for whites, the concern is 'Whatever I'm about to say it may be landing in a way where the person perceives me as racist.' So they double down because they don't want to admit a particular bias or slant," said Alexis McGill-Johnson, executive director and co-founder of Perception Institute.

There are infinite stories out there, and it's time to hear from you, because we know #WhileBlack is happening to you.

Join The Conversation below, or send us an email, tweet, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn reply and tell us: What is YOUR #WhileBlack story?