Off-Duty Ohio Police Officer Is Under Fire For Using His Taser On An 11-Year-Old Shoplifting Suspect
August 13, 2018 18:42 By Fabiosa
An officer from Ohio is coming under fire for his mistreatment of an 11-year-old girl.
According to a report on CNN, the Cincinnati police officer who was off-duty used his Taser on the youngster suspected of stealing from a grocery store.
The officer in question, Mayor John Cranley, was working in the capacity of an 'outside employment detail' investigating the grocery store's report of theft.
Opinions are divided
He had questioned several girls in the process, but when he approached the 11-year-old, she ignored his commands to stop her movement and continued to walk away. In response, he shot at her with his Taser. Cranley has since apologized for his use of force.
11 years old.— Waqar Vick (@WaqarVick) August 9, 2018
Merely suspected...*suspected*...of shoplifting food.
Again, 11 years old.
And although, the American Supreme Court specifies that suspects must be seen as an immediate safety risk before an officer makes drastic life-threatening decisions like Cranley's, the opinions are divided on whether the cop crossed the line.
Tasers sometimes result in death. This cop chose, at minimum, to torture an 11-year old girl for shoplifting candy. But he might have killed her with his cruel and reckless indifference. He should not be allowed to carry a badge, gun or Taser. https://t.co/dYZawNK5ad— Glenn Backes (@GlennBackes) August 8, 2018
Hey at least she learned her lesson— Zombie Overlord (@RobbieOverlord) August 10, 2018
Are you kidding me? A child stealing food is a sign that something is wrong. Violently suppressing her doesn’t help, and it’s morally repugnant.— Sarah V. (@s_veeCo) August 8, 2018
Some people believe he should be relieved of his duties. Yet, others maintain that the adolescent needed to be taught a lesson.
Meanwhile, in response, the Cincinnati Police Department has announced that it is considering reviewing its age limit for juvenile Taser use. What do you think?