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Police officer who used Taser on 11-year-old received citizen's complaint earlier

Supervisor wrote officer was 'more measured'
Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 16:36:21-04

CINCINNATI -- Officer Kevin Brown received a citizen's complaint in the past year, but his supervisor wrote on his most recent performance review that Brown had shown some improvement.

"After consultation with Officer Brown, I have noticed a more measured approach he has taken in dealing with stressful matters in the field," his supervisor wrote. 

About two weeks later, Brown used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting.

Records from Brown's personnel file provided by the Cincinnati Police Department show mostly positive performance. Brown joined CPD in 1994 after serving in the Air Force. 

On his evaluations, supervisors mostly found that Brown met department standards. He received numerous commendations over the years. 

But his records aren't entirely positive. In 2016, Brown was given an "evaluation supplement log" to track performance and corrective measures after he received his second injury to prisoner violation in a 36-month period. Last year, an investigation found that Brown had used a homophobic slur during a domestic violence investigation. 

Brown was working a security detail at the Kennard Avenue Kroger on Aug. 6. He had been asked to investigate reports of several young girls stealing items when he spotted a 4-foot-11, 90-pound girl with a backpack full of items, police previously said. 

The girl refused to stop when Brown warned her, and then he stunned her with the Taser, police said.

A Taser can be used on anyone between the ages of 7 to 70, according to Cincinnati Police Department procedure. Police Chief Eliot Isaac promised "a very thorough review" of the officer's actions and the department's use-of-force policies.