Kevin Brown is the Cincinnati police officer who tased an 11 year old girl after she was allegedly caught stealing food in a supermarket. Brown, 55, used his taser on 11 year old Donesha Gowdy in a Krogers supermarket on Monday night. He was off-duty at the time, working a second job as a security officer in the supermarket.
Cincinnati police chief Eliot K. Isaac said that his department was “extremely concerned” about the use of a taser on such a young child. And many members of the public have expressed outrage, saying that this never would have happened if Donesha Gowdy had been white.
Kevin Brown has been put on “restricted duty” while the department investigates the incident. Donesha Gowdy has been charged with theft and obstructing police business. She is at home with her mother while she awaits her trial in juvenile court.
Here’s what you need to know about Kevin Brown:
1. Brown Tased 11 Year Old Donesha Gowdy After She Allegedly Refused to Put Back The Snacks She Had Taken
On Monday night, Officer Kevin Brown was off duty and was working his second job as a member of the security detail at the Spring Grove Village Kroger supermarket in Cincinnati. At about 9:30, he approached a group of young girls whom he suspected of shoplifting. But according to Brown, the girls ignored him and just walked away. Police later said that Gowdy’s backpack was full of stolen snacks.
Brown asked the girls to stop but — he says — they ignored his repeated commands to stop and were heading out of the store. So the 55 year old cop pulled out his taser and tased 11 year old Donesha Gowdy in the back.
Gowdy’s mother told reporters that her daughter had been stealing snacks — but she said Brown’s response was totally uncalled for. “She took some things which she shouldn’t have done, but at the same time, she didn’t have to get treated the way she did for taking those things, she’s only 11 years old.” said Gowdy.
The force of the taser apparently knocked the 11 year old to the ground and made her shake. She was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and examined before being allowed to return home with her mother. Gowdy said her daughter is still complaining of back pain and has had trouble sleeping.
2. The Cincinnati Police Department’s Guidelines Allow Cops to Use Tasers On People Over the Age of 7
According to the Cincinnati Police Department’s guidelines, Brown may not have actually broken the rules. The department tells officers not to use a taser on women who are visibly pregnant, or on anyone under the age of 7 or above the age of 70.
But the guidelines also say that Tasers should only be used on people who are actively resisting arrest, which can be tough to define precisely. “An individual simply fleeing from an officer, …read more