The Cincinnati cop who tasered an 11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting has won his arbitration case, meaning he will receive seven days’ worth of back pay following his suspension.
Cincinnati Police officer Kevin Brown filed a grievance, the results of which were released on Tuesday.
Last August, Brown used a stun gun on 11-year-old Donesha Gowdy at the Kroger grocery store in Spring Grove Village.
Brown was working at the store as an off-duty security guard.
Kevin Brown (left), a Cincinnati police officer who tasered an 11-year-old girl, Donesha Gowdy (right), who was suspected of shoplifting, has won a grievance, giving him back pay following a seven-day suspension
Brown said he had seen the girl try to leave the store through a locked entrance before heading towards 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 ft away, hitting her just below the waist.
She collapsed, suffering an abrasion to her right forearm, and had to have the Taser barbs removed from her back.
After using the Taser, Brown told Gowdy: ‘You know, sweetheart, this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community.’
Donesha was suspected of shoplifting an entire backpack full of food, according to
‘It hit my back real fast and then I stopped, then I fell and I was shaking and I couldn’t really breathe,’ the youngster told
Last August, Brown tasered Gowdy as she fled Kroger grocery store in Spring Grove Village
‘It’s just like you’re passing out but you’re shaking.’
The incident was captured on body cam footage.
Brown was placed on restricted duties after the incident.
His body camera captured the young girl crying as the taser barbs were removed from her back, before he made the racist comment.
A report also found that he had also violated another three police policies; that he did not turn on his body camera until after he deployed his Taser, he did not warn her he was going to use his Taser and that his comment had constituted prejudice.
Donesha’s mom, Donna Gowdy, acknowledges her daughter should not have been stealing candy, but was horrified an officer would use such extreme force against a fleeing 11-year-old.
Brown was working at the store as an off-duty security guard. He said he had seen the girl try to leave the store through a locked entrance before heading towards the main exit, when he told her to stop and show her a receipt
She said that the cop had no idea whether her daughter had a condition, such as asthma, which could caused a serious medical reaction to being tasered.
‘I’m upset, I’m really upset about it,’ Gowdy told
‘I’m not saying what she did was cool, I’m not saying that, but what he did was totally wrong,’ she added.
The 11-year-old child was charged with theft and obstruction of justice, police stated. The charges have since been dropped.
She was taken to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and then given to the care of a guardian.
Her backpack was found to contain clothing, food and drinks worth $53.81.
Donesha says she was dared by other kids to steal soda, chips and candy from the Kroger in Spring Grove Village.
She admits she put the items in her backpack, and didn’t respond when the security guard yelled at her to stop, ‘because I was scared.’