Hamilton County sheriff: Girl attacked deputies at skating rink, was stunned in leg

Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 27, 2017

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A deputy stunned a girl when she attacked him and another deputy Saturday night at a roller-skating rink, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Robison said.

The deputies' use of force is under investigation, but Robison said it appears they followed policies and procedures.

Both were working a security detail at The Skatin' Place near Colerain Avenue and West Galbraith Road. Skatin' Place staff and the deputies told the girl several times she needed to leave, Robison said, but she refused, "using extremely disrespectful language."

She hit a deputy in the face twice when they were escorting her out, Robison said, then kicked both deputies.

When she wouldn't stop resisting, a deputy stunned her once with a Taser, Robison said. The deputy didn't fire barbs into the girl, Robison said: instead, he "drive stunned" her on the back of the leg. The "drive stun" mode doesn't incapacitate a person but is used to inflict pain to get the person to comply with orders, according to Taser's website.

"Deputies have been working at that skating rink for a number of years," Sheriff Jim Neil said. "This is the first time in a long time that there was a major incident at this venue."

Neil spoke about the incident at a news conference announcing deputies would soon have body-worn cameras. "This is an example of -- if these deputies were on duty wearing body-worn cameras -- how much more expedient" the investigation might be, he said.

Robison said the girl was charged with two counts of assault on an officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct. He did not release the girl's name, and WCPO does not typically identify juvenile suspects.