According to reports, the Cincinnati police officer who shot an 11-year-old girl accused of larceny told the girl: "You know, darling, this is the reason why there are no grocery stores in the black community."
Officer Kevin Brown was placed on restricted duties after he crashed a Donesha Gowdy fleeing on August 6. His body camera captured the young woman crying when Taser's spines were removed from her back, before making the racist comment.
Brown was placed on restricted duties after the August 6 incident, and Police Chief Eliot Isaac must now decide on his punishment, which could range from counseling to firing him.
Officer Kevin Brown, who shot Donesha Gowdy, accused of larceny, told the girl: "You know, honey, this is the reason why there are no grocery stores in the black community" (in the photo, the video of the officer, after taking Donesha in the administrative office)
Donesha Gowdy, 11, (pictured) received a tátara in the back by an off-duty cop who also made a racist comment
Issac also acknowledged to Cincinnati.com that Brown's use of a Taser was "unnecessary in this circumstance."
A report also found that he had also violated three other police policies; that he did not light the camera of his body until after he deployed his Taser, did not warn him that he was going to use his Taser and that his comment had constituted prejudice.
According to reports, Brown tried to defend his comment during his interview with the police.
Surprisingly, the president of the Cincinnati Police Union, Dan Hils, also defended the prejudiced comment.
"I think the officer was trying to express to this young suspect that there are consequences, not only for her, but for others when you do not respect the property rights of another," Hils said.
Hils added that grocery stores fought in areas where there is a high incidence of robberies and said he felt that people were rushing to judge Brown.
A hearing of the department is pending for Brown regarding the four violations. The fact that he does not turn on the camera of his body is considered negligence in the work, while the rest is considered a lack of good behavior.
Cincinnati police said an officer used the Taser around 9:30 pm Monday at a local Kroger in Spring Grove Village
His mother, Donna Gowdy, acknowledges that her daughter should not have stolen candy, but was horrified that an officer used such extreme force against an 11-year-old fleeing child.
Isaac will also take into account the fact that Brown has a prior record of making discriminatory comments while on duty.
Two years ago they wrote it for using a homophobic insult while responding to a presumed victim of domestic violence.
The regulations manual of the Cincinnati Police Department has a one to five day suspension in this case, while a seven to 11 day suspension is recommended for excessive use of force.
But local councilman Wendell Young, a former police officer, is asking Brown to be fired after the incident.
"I do not know if you have space in the police department for people like this," he said. This guy, from what I'm listening to, has serious problems. Apparently, he controls his situation.
– There comes a time when you have to cut your losses. If it is true that he threw the child, if it is true that he said what he said, if it is also true that not long ago he made derogatory comments about the gay community, is building a case that makes it difficult for us to continue with him as a member of the police department & # 39;
Cincinnati police said the incident occurred around 9.30 p.m. on Monday, August 6 at a Kroger in Spring Grove Village.
The officials said that anyone over the age of seven can be tasted (inventory)
Police said the preteen was suspected of theft, putting a lot of food in his backpack, WLWT reports.
"There must be a full investigation," said Deputy Mayor Christopher Smitherman at the time, according to Cincinnati.com. "It is difficult to understand why an 11-year-old boy would be evaluated. I expect answers in 24 hours.
The Taser guidelines state that they can be used with anyone over the age of seven, according to Lieutenant Steve Saunders.
But they must be used for self-defense or to temporarily immobilize a subject who actively resists arrest.
Brown said he had seen the girl try to leave the store through a closed entrance before heading to the main exit, when he told her to stop and show her a receipt.
He said she ignored him, despite two more demands to stop, and left the store, which is when he fired his Taser from 10 feet away, hitting her just below the waist. She collapsed, suffering an abrasion on her right forearm, and had to remove the Taser tines from her back.
"He hit my back very fast and then I stopped, then I fell and I was shaking and I could not breathe," the young man told NBC News.
Deputy Mayor of Cincinnati, Chris Smitherman (left), has presented a proposal (right) to raise the minimum age for the use of stun weapons from 7 to 12 years.
"It's like you're fainting but you're shaking."
His mother, Donna Gowdy, acknowledges that her daughter should not have stolen candy, but was horrified that an officer used such extreme force against an 11-year-old fugitive.
She said the policeman had no idea if her daughter had a condition, such as asthma, that could cause a serious medical reaction to a consumption.
"I'm angry, I'm really upset about that," Gowdy told WLWT. The officer needs to be punished. I need justice from him. He was wrong.
"I'm not saying that what she did was great, I'm not saying that, but what she did was totally wrong," he added.
While accompanying her to the administrative office of the store, she made the racist comment about the black neighborhoods and told her that she "did not want to do this".
"Honey, the last thing I want to do is kill you like this. When I say stop, you stop. You know you're stuck Only for. That hurt my heart to do that to you.
The terrified young woman was crying as she waited for the male team of emergency medical technicians to remove the spikes.
According to the police, the 11-year-old boy was accused of theft and obstruction of justice. The charges have already been eliminated.
She was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and then given the care of a guardian.
It was found that his backpack contained clothing, food and drinks worth $ 53.81.
Donesha says other children challenged her to steal soft drinks, chips and candy from the Kroger in Spring Grove Village.
She admits that she kept the items in her backpack and did not respond when the security guard yelled at her to stop, "because I was afraid."
The police department is now doing a review of the use of force policy for the use of the Taser that currently allows officers to use it only between the ages of 7 to 70.
"We will see closely how it relates to juveniles specifically … what is being done at the national level," Isaac said, adding that it may be difficult at this time to determine the age of a suspect.
Smitherman has asked for it to rise. "I was worried," he said.