(OHIO) WOIO - After the recent use of a Taser on an 11-year-old girl who was suspected of stealing food from a Cincinnati Giant Eagle, Cleveland 19 News requested information from 18 Northeast Ohio police departments to tell us what the policies are regarding the use of stun guns on certain age groups.
It's been reported the Cincinnati Police Department policy allows stun guns to be used on children as young as seven and as old as 70.
Seven police departments have so far responded to our request.
- Akron Police Department: doesn't have an age requirement
- Canton Police Department: officers cannot use them on elderly individuals or "obvious" juveniles
- Cleveland Police Department: no age requirement
- Sandusky Police Department: no age requirement
- North Royalton Police Department: no age requirement, but only the school resource officer carries a Taser
- Stow Police Department: no age requirement. They operate on a case by case basis
- Elyria Police Department: a stun gun cannot be used on anyone under the age of 13 or over the age of 70
According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, there is no law that specifically addresses that age that a stun gun can be used on an individual, however, there are laws that give guidelines on an officer's use of force.