Juvenile Shoplifter's Family Gets Payday Because Cop Tased Her When She Ran

Donesha Gowdy had stolen from Kroger's in the past, but she was used to being let go with a warning.

Cincinnati, OH – The City of Cincinnati and Kroger have agreed to pay $240,000 to the family of an 11-year-old girl who was tased while shoplifting.

Off-duty Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Brown was working a security detail at the Spring Grove Village Kroger store on Aug. 6, when 11-year-old Donesha Gowdy and her friend decided to shoplift junk food and clothing, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

"We just had a craving for snacks...chips and candy bars," Donesha told the news outlet.

It wasn’t the first time the girl had stolen from the store, but she had become accustomed to being let off with warnings by Kroger staff.

When Officer Brown, 55, spotted Donesha and her friend shoplifting, he ordered them to stop. Instead, the repeat offender attempted to run away with $53.81 in merchandise.

“I was scared I wouldn’t get another warning and go to jail,” she later told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Officer Brown deployed his Taser, hitting Donesha in the back, and took her into custody.

“She fell down and rolled over and was shivering,” her mother, Donna Gowdy, told NBC News in an interview.

“And I got up then I couldn’t really breathe,” Donesha added.

Bodycam footage showed Officer Brown as he spoke with the child in a store office after she was taken into custody.

“I didn’t want to do this, but y’all knew what you were doing,” he told her. “Sweetheart, the last thing I want to do is tase you like that. When I say stop, you stop. You know you’re caught. Just stop. That hurt my heart to do that to you.”

“You know, sweetheart, this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community,” he added.

With the assistance of civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein, Donna, a mother of 10, filed an excessive force claim against the city and the grocery store, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“I’m not sayin’ what she did was cool, you know what I’m sayin’? I’m not vouching for that,” Donna told NBC News. “But [the] way he went about it was totally wrong.”

The shoplifting charges against the fifth-grader were ultimately dropped, according to NBC News.

According to Gerhardstein, the city will pay Donesha $220,000, and Kroger will pay $20,000, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The funds will be monitored by a probate court to ensure they are utilized for the child’s needs.

Donesha said she was traumatized by the incident, and her mother told her that the outcome could have been deadly.

"Now you see what momma says," Donna recounted from her conversation with Donesha. "These policemen aren't playing...it could have been [worse]. It could have been a gun instead of a Taser."

Donesha also wrote an apology letter to the grocery store.

“I, Donesha Dowdy, is writing this letter to apologize to the Kroger company…store to say I’m sorry for stealing from the store in will not do it again,” the letter read, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

In September, the Cincinnati Police Department’s internal investigation determined that Officer Brown violated four policies during the incident,.

Despite the fact that Officer Brown is black, the department claims his comment about grocery stores in black communities showed prejudice.

They also said that he failed to warn Donesha that she would be tased, failed to activate his bodycam until after the tasing, and used excessive force, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Officer Brown defended his statement about grocery stores in black communities, and said the comment was based on statistics.

"I think the officer was trying to express to this juvenile suspect that there are consequences, not only to herself, but to others, when you don’t respect the property rights of another," Cincinnati Police Union President Dan Hils said.

"They should address the fact he did not turn on his camera in time, but other than that, the agency should consider policy and procedure changes,” Hils added.

Officer Brown was placed on restricted duties following the incident.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac has not yet made a decision regarding possible sanctions or punishments for the alleged policy violations, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Comments (69)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Only in America. Steal, run from the police, and then sue when they catch you. Even Krogers, the actual victim, has to pay this girl $20K! And she even wrote the store a letter of apology...unfucking believable! And they wonder why it's called the ghetto lottery.

trud28
trud28

this is wrong that even the charges were dropped. that is why she kept doing it they caught how many times before and didnt do anything. and yes the mother of ten maybe she should have kept her legs closed and the girl wouldnt have to steal. and if they are on welfare take them off they have money now

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

$53.81 is a hell of a lot of "snacks."

OldVet
OldVet

that child should be in Juvenile Hall for a long time and her parents should lose custody for nor teaching her correct. They don't deserve to be paid anything

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

once again there is a payout in the cop Lottery! Cha ching! We have another criminal winner!

angeleyes
angeleyes

mother of 10 maybe if she got off her back once in awhile she could teach her children wrong from right. she has plenty of paychecks coming her way training her children the way to get money, off the state one way or another. though I agree the officer should not have tazed an 11 yr old, seems that's an excessive amount of money for a thief.

User 69
User 69

When is the USA going to stop paying criminals & their unfit parents ! They’re just after money , because they didn’t raise their child as they should have, we’re paying the parents because they didn’t. When are all races going to matter & stop letting one race rule.

USA get real ‘ stop being a bunch of wimps

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

not what tasers are for. sad the lesson had to be so expensive, but better than having the officer do 6 months for assault, i guess.

61mouse
61mouse

Donesha Gowdy had stolen from Kroger's in the past, but she was used to being let go with a warning AND THAT RIGHT THERE LIES THE PROBLEM

61mouse
61mouse

Whatever happen to working to get money ?? Whether it's shop lifting or lawsuits

61mouse
61mouse

She should have stole condoms for mom

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

The mother and grandmother should have been arrested along with the 11 year old, then they should have cut the ENTIRE (siblings, cousins, aunts) family off from ALL government funds FOREVER. You will notice I don't mention the males, because, why waster time trying to figure out who they are.

CJnana
CJnana

The “officer” was off duty working security. That should not be department rules it should be Kroger rules. The girl ran and did not comply with orders to stop. Arrest her and stop giving her breaks because of age.... if she’s old enough to steal she’s old enough to pay the price !

changesrneeded
changesrneeded

She got what she deserved. The officer tried to explain to her about consequences and was punished for it. I think he did a great job treating her with respect and teaching her causes and effects. Shame on city and Kroger for folding in.

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

If this young lady has stolen from the store before and been confronted about it, her letter of apology and remorse is clearly a lie. In some states, if the officer can establish a pattern of theft(previous theft(s)), together with the suspect's inability, to pay for the stolen merchandise(suspect didn't have money on their person), they can be charged with burglary(felony). It is another case of not holding the perp responsible for their bad/illegal behavior and failure to comply with authorities commands.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another payday for a felon. This is what too many free passes leads to.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

Rewarding bad behavior. Go figure. That’ll teach her.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Well she won't have to shop-lift for awhile. Bet the $$$ don't last long and she will be right back to her crime spree. What a country this is when a thief gets paid for being a thief.

Mic911
Mic911

To add insult to injury, Officer Brown has been disciplined with the following: *Written reprimand *Oral reprimand *Seven-day suspension from duty *Administrative insight process *Two-month suspension from working outside police-related calls *Use of force training *Placed on an intervention plan with the District 2 commander This is the true city of Cincinnati, they cater to the criminals and heel with an officer doing his job!!! This girl will not learn a dam thing other than the fact she knows she has and can get away with a crime. More than likely she will continue to do it, get caught and wriggle her way out again and turn around and sue whom ever again. Now tell me this is not bullshit!!!

IronRick
IronRick

I want a new house ( more likely a new Bruick ) so unlike those idiots that go and work for it I am going to Walmart and steal some candy so I can get it now....

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Cops should get to wear minature lightning bolts on their sleeve one for each succesful Taser take-down!!

TangoTango
TangoTango

Way to go Sin-city-nati. Reward the criminal and punish the Officer!!! Make it so black men think ten times before becoming Police Officers, knowing if they make a mistake, even though they did their job and apprehended the criminal and she overcame the drama of being tased just fine, the Dirty Department is going to put a long list of punishments on you and in your permanent record. In other words, DON’T EVER THINK FOR ONE MOMENT YOU WILL EVER RECEIVE ANY TIME OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!!

Another great example of DemonRat Leadership in such a crooked City Department!!!!

LawAbidingCitizen
LawAbidingCitizen

Crime does pay... well, only to the 13% of individuals. In Los Angeles, we called it the Law-Enforcement-Lotto, take a chance with the police and you might just get a payout... even if the police do right by policy, procedure and law.

We used to joke about why there were so many single women with multiple young "scratchers" in the projects.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Ghetto lottery, ka ching ka ching, ka ching. 10 kids her momma has........ She must have a good job to provide for them all, well her and her baby's daddies

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

A. Use of the TASER

  1. The TASER may be deployed on a suspect actively resisting arrest when there is probable cause to arrest the suspect, or to defend one’s self or another from active aggression. 12.545 Revised 07/27/17, Replaces 05/04/17 10 a. An individual simply fleeing from an officer, absent additional justification, does not warrant the use of the TASER. b. Officers shall consider the following prior to utilization of the TASER as a force option:
  1. The severity of the crime at issue.
  2. The level of suspicion with respect to the fleeing suspect.
  3. The risk of danger posed to others if the suspect is not promptly apprehended.
  4. The potential risk of secondary injury to the suspect due to environmental conditions.
AnnieFoxe
AnnieFoxe

Reward someone for stealing! Way to go!

Chester Roberts
Chester Roberts

Steal. Get caught. GET PAID. this will just make it worse... wash. rince. repeat.

Talker2318
Talker2318

I guess crime does pay. Pathetic misuse of the law. Cop did his job.

elkhunterlnl
elkhunterlnl

Pay an admitted repeat thief for continuing to steal! Only in a Demonrat controlled city. Wonder how much welfare,food stamps & housing the tax payers are Already paying to the mother & those 10 kids? Bet all the "Baby Daddies" really help her a lot. I feel sorry for the cop being punished for doing his job & upholding the law-NOT RIGHT!

Emergency
Emergency

The Off-duty police officer did his job by stopping this repeat offender she was only 11 years old the point is he should have used better judgement instead of using his teaser but what he said was completely uncalled for and racist the family didn't win that much money ($240,000) because she was tased they won that much money because of the racist comment plain and simple

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

61Mouse says"Donesha Gowdy had stolen from Kroger's in the past, but she was used to being let go with a warning AND THAT RIGHT THERE LIES THE PROBLEM"

absolutely...and I suspect her being a minority was a factor to go easy on her. Why should any police department or Judge "go easy" on blacks as compared to anyone else as this is what they then expect again. If the stores and PD's want to nip this in the bud then just stop handing out "get out of jail free" cards. This isn't a game of Monopoly!! She already had prior warnings. and then to pay these "sponges" money on top of her poor behaviors reeks of way too much PC. Stop thinking more PC will solve problems in the black community...it does nothing but encourage them. and BTW- Mama ??--keep your legs together. 10kids? and how many different daddies?

Kevcali
Kevcali

This should be the other way around. The child thief should be paying for her actions

TheHammer
TheHammer

Don’t think she won’t be locked up in a few years. She is not gonna change her ways, she’ll be a career law-breaker and in and out of jail...I’d bet a buck on that.

GracieJ
GracieJ

@AnnieFoxe Except for the fact that the idiot cop used his taser! Had he not done that do you think there would have been a payout??

GracieJ
GracieJ

@Talker2318 Except for the fact that the idiot cop used his taser! Had he not done that do you think there would have been a payout??

D v
D v

I wonder how as a taxpayer we can fight against these frivolous lawsuits or at least make them so they're not such a high payout for something like that. like someone should get money for maybe medical cost in that such but 250,000 or whatever is way outside of the cost of what had happened. And it seems like the city's just cave-in because it's not their money it's our money the taxpayers and I think we need to put a stop to it!

mosmo5
mosmo5

So not only is this family Bleeding Taxpayers Dry getting Welfare, because there ain't no way this woman is actually working and taking care of her 10 Kids, She's Milking The System and will probably encourage her daughters to do it to so she'll get more money on her Welfare Case! Now they are getting PAID FOR HER DAUGHTER'S CRIMES!!! This is OUTRAGEOUS AND WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL!

Wham bam thank mam
Wham bam thank mam

The kid was 11 years old, lesson learn't don't taser children.

tfort
tfort

Don’t tase our children. You will not get sued and you get to keep your job (at least for a little while).