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A Cincinnati girl and her mother will receive $240,000 from the City and Kroger as compensation after a cop tased the 11-year-old for shoplifting.

Donesha Gowdy was hit with a Taser after she failed to comply with an officer who caught her shoplifting items from the grocery store.

Donesha, who is one of 10 children, didn't want to ask her mother, Donna Gowdy, for money. So she and a friend biked to the Spring Grove Village Kroger and started stealing snacks.

Officer Kevin Brown, who is Black, spotted Donesha and a friend stuffing snacks, drinks, clothing and other items worth $53.81 in her backpack on August 6.

Brown recognized the girls from a previous shoplifting incident at the store. He gave them a warning that time.

While escorting the minor to the manager's office, Brown told her “You know, sweetheart, this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community,” according to his bodycam footage.

Donesha said she ran because she was "scared I wouldn't get another warning and go to jail."

An investigation determined that Brown violated policies by firing his stun gun during an incident when it wasn't required.

Donesha's mother retained a law firm, and the City agreed to pay $220,000 while Kroger chipped in another $20,000.

The cash will be monitored by the probate court to make sure it is used to pay for therapy for the child's emotional health.

The City also agreed to participate in a juvenile problem-solving team.

Donna Gowdy said the City should change its Taser policy to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

"He was real wrong, and it should have never happened," she said. "If he wanted to catch her and make sure she stayed, he could have done it besides Tasing her."

Gowdy said she also had a good talk with her daughter, telling her "These policemen aren't playing. It could have been worse. It could have been a gun instead of a Taser.

Gowdy also made Donesha write a letter of apology to the Kroger corporation, telling execs "I'm sorry for stealing from the store [in] will not not do it again."

The NY Daily News published a photo of Donesha and her mother here.

Photo by Tirc83/Getty Images

  • Waya Hedia

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

    So she ran and was tasered. Bad decision here. She should be the one paying.

  • ShelbyMoore

    I'm just happy that a trust is being set up for the money and the mom will not be able to use that money foolishly. I wish they would do the same with child support money. *Le Sigh*

  • ShelbyMoore

    I hate black people who deal with other black people like that. As if white people don't steal out of their stores too. It could be that there aren't any grocery stores in the area because white people are scared to be around too many black people. I have seen a BJ's that was in a predominantly white neighborhood and, once the whites moved out (because blacks started moving in the area), they also closed the BJ's, which was always filled to capacity. Funny thing is, they moved it right down the street to a whiter neighborhood. So, stealing cannot be the only reason that there aren't any stores in black neighborhood.

  • Waya Hedia

    Stealing isn't the only reason. Just one of them.

  • Tiff J

    Hopefully the therapy will help her get to the reason why she thinks that stealing is okay.

  • Anonymouse

    That’s too bad. The officer’s right, there’s a reason why there aren’t grocery stores in the black community. One of the reasons is because most of them don’t respect themselves much less a business. An 11 year old stealing and the mother having the guts to hire a law firm is a bigger problem than the Taser. She’s lucky. In some countries, shoplifting can cost you your life. Guess what, stores operate in black communities there because they deal with criminals right then and there.

  • Faithz

    You speak the truth! Everybody with a working brain, know that there's bad from all people regardless to where you come from. And that Nutty Case who's whining is a Nutz Case, whose Elevator is a few bricks shy of a dang load, that's why they are bark, bark, barking.

  • Faithz

    I hope she have learned a valuable lesson.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Glad she got some money for therapy

  • RICHIE_RICH

    I hope she’s learned a lesson behind this. I wouldn’t be surprised if the mother made her do it.

  • Rayne

    I just find it sad that a cop ? couldn’t talk to her on a kids level and ask her to put it back or what’s the problem at home. I’ve done this for so many ppl. It’s just common for me to seek someone out that needs help and give them my phone number for “in case of, guidance or just to vent.” Every BODY has my number and if they speak to me with some sense I help them in every way I can. I just won’t turn a blind eye. I won’t. I’m still keeping my neighbors baby girl. She’s still mad cause he kids father is a homosexual. I’m finding her someone to talk to as we speak. She has to come out of it!!

  • Oh Tommie

    She’ll be stealing again

  • Soda

    Who are these "most of them," did you take a poll?

  • Li-Wright

    Well I'm glad the money is being monitored and not going to the family. And the police officer apparently arrested her before and she didn't learn.

  • abby500

    She’ll steal again because her mama and them 10 kids will find a way to use that money. Her mom is going to be the “therapist”.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    240k to a worthless bum?! It would have been cheaper to let the thief keep the stolen merchandise.

  • Alextra Ballard

    The money should have been placed in a trust.

  • NaeNae2015

    I predict the mother will try her BEST to get at that money for family "emergencies". And did the attorneys get any of the money?

  • TruthshallsetUFree!!!!

    She stole.. Why pay her for breaking the law?

  • Soda

    Lawyers will probably get half, plus a fee for their services, leaving them with less than 100K.

  • Judge Mental Will

    As a kid I rarely beat my son. Dame kid was a better kid than me, but i told him i would be the hell out of you if you ever steal something that i can afford and buy you! Which brings me to my grandmother giving me $100 for school shopping amd telling me to but 3 outfits and underwear plus shoes. I told her one Tommy Hilfiger short cost $100. I was 12, AND THERE YOU HAVE IT PEOPLE, I BECAME A BOOSTER AT THE AGE OF 12! I WON BEST DRESSED 3 OUT OF 4 YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL. THANKS BURDINES/MACY'S

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. At least till she turns 18 then she'd have a college fund all good to go. The way it stands, if her mama and her peoples have access to that money, it might be all gone before she's 18.

  • Anonymouse

    No, the stores did hence the reason they refuse to do business there.

  • dontgetblocked

    That was shut up money. After taxes, she'll get a lil bit of nothing. Kid shouldn't have been stealing in the first place.

  • bemetoo

    that money is not taxed..but those lawyer fees will be steep 30% steep

  • bemetoo

    she is eleven...i sure you stole as a child and you probably stealing now missy pooh??????

  • Soda

    Yeah, right. Liar.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Strangely enough most shoplifters steal stuff they can afford to pay for.
    I hope you bought the underwear she told you to get. That kinda stuff is important to grandmas.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    If she's on Medicaid, she can get therapy for free.

  • Judge Mental Will

    it was burdine before macys so yea my sister taught me the ropes. we keep the 100 for lunch money and buy gifts for my grandparents i love them to death

  • monique

    Before she's 12. 10 kids, momma, know a new man will e ter thepicture, long lost family, a party, school clothes, new furniture, lawyer fees and it's gone.

  • monique

    He was nice enough to give a warning the first time. She ran because she said she knew she would go to jail. There may be nothing wrong at home, she just wanted some snacks and new clothes.

  • monique

    Steal, get tased, get paid.

  • CaramelDrop

    That’s it? She gets a reward for stealing? If it was her second offense, he should’ve put her lil ass in cuffs!
    3 humans I can’t deal with:
    Lying mf’r
    Stealing mf’r
    Funky mf’r

  • Jamal Warner

    The issue is the excessive force used by a police officer on a child. He worked as security for Kroger's.

  • Jamal Warner

    It was based on the excessive force of the cop.

  • the guest

    I don't believe her mother didn't know. I think her mother told her to steal using her minor child because they usually get warnings. I honestly want to know how anybody poor or rich would birth ten kids these days.

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    He wouldnt have tazered a white lil girl, that's the fear white males instill in black men dont mess with their kind!! Dumb coon

  • the guest

    Most grocers factor petty theft loss. The officer cost the city a quarter million dollars over $53. He shouldn't have tased. He has grounds to arrest her because she has a previous warning. But he had a ax to grind a judgment to pass and it was costly.

  • the guest

    10 kids.

    In 2018.

  • the conscious one

    Stop brutalizing black children

  • CaramelDrop

    Big Families are coming back!!! But I certainly agree, I just wouldn’t want 10 either.... with a family that large someone is bound to be neglected......Hell yeah her mom knew her baby is a thief

  • CaramelDrop

    I agree that he used excessive force - he should’ve cuffed her. She would’ve been afraid if she thought she was going to jail. It could’ve drove the lesson.

    Wouldn’t matter if he was a lowly theft prevention rent a cop. None of it would’ve happened if she wouldn’t have been stealing in the first place.

  • Peppermint Patty

    And if you saw the picture you know exactly where all TEN are staying and what type of resources they are sucking up out of the economy.....I mean I had to pay at least 14k to birth my child but something tells me she doesnt have one doctors bill

  • Jamal Warner

    I agree that she should not have been stealing. I also think the officer should have used more restraint when dealing with such a small child. His actions were wrong and he should be held accountable.

  • Ryan

    Hope you never have a kid who does something stupid. Cause if he had pulled a gun as they like to do so much, this would've had a much sadder ending.

  • Ryan

    The security guard/cop used excessive force on an 11-year-old.

  • Ryan

    There are some hateful, ugly people in this thread, inside and out.

  • Ryan

    There you are. Thanks for posting so I can block your ruddy white troll azz.

  • Rayne

    She’s a kid. That’s all they do when they are scared is run. I still would not have used a taser on a kid. No! No! No!

  • sunni_daze

    1 of 10 children maybe this baby was stealing out of desparation.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He knew he would have lost his job is he had tasered a white preteen girl.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    No matter what, stealing is a crime.

  • Stationarity

    So ... I had the joy of moving from South Atlanta to a nice Over the Mountain (white flight) area in Birmingham. I saw people steal through self check out a lot. White People. I don’t believe the farce that “black people steal more in their neighborhoods” anymore. Not only were they stealing but they weren’t even necessities/food. They were stealing stuff that could be sold on EBay!

  • the guest

    With 10 kids parents need to live on a farm. People had ten kids back in the day to work the farm. At least they could eat off the land. With ten kids, that 10 year old girl needs to be babysitting not stealing. Her mother is going to sit at home and use up the settlement.

  • Lucy

    Tell us something we don't know. If he can't handle an 11year old without using a taser then needs to find another occupation.

  • T Willis

    Have you seen the average 11 y/o? He probably thought she was a roided up 42 y/o.

  • CaramelDrop

    Your comment tickled me lol! My mom grew up on a farm with 14 other brothers and sisters. They ALWAYS talk about how they grew their food, plucked chickens and all.

    Totally agree with you! Putting kids to work keeps them busy, teaches work ethic and basic economics. Most importantly, (usually) keeps their as out of trouble

  • CaramelDrop

    Skat SATAN! You will NOT fawk with me today.
    Ryan do you even know wtf you are replying to? If you were replying to me, you didn’t comprehend something correctly.

  • Ryan

    Not good to call people out of their name. Says a lot about your character (or lack thereof). Keep my name out your mouth cause the only evil here is spewed from YOU.

  • AG

    It’s funny that he thinks white people don't steal.

  • Bossy704

    This is a tough one. She got a warning the first time. Her mom will get a new car now and lovely wardrobes for her children. A new man will likely manifest because of her windfall. The family will be happier for a while.

  • SpiceGirl

    It was a dare by her friends

  • SpiceGirl

    It was a dare by her friends....

  • SpiceGirl

    Way to put my city on the map.....AGAIN! The little girl did it on a dare and she was wrong....the Cop was wrong too!

  • Quitedeliteful

    The cash will be monitored by the probate court to make sure it is used to pay for therapy for the child’s emotional health.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Good -- because a baby thief has a real good chance of growing up to be an adult thief. You don't get rewarded for stealing by now having money to by Jordans and whatever else young girls want...

  • Quitedeliteful

    It seems as though the mother can only use the money for therapy which is great because the family should not be rewarded for the daughter's act of thievery...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I BECAME A BOOSTER AT THE AGE OF 12! I WON BEST DRESSED
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Instead of tasing the girl he should have put her in a cell until her mother came to pick her up. Being in jail with only a baloney sandwich and a cup of water to drink just might have been enough of a lesson...

  • Jefferey Franklin

    So you've never stolen anything in your life huh? Your outrage is that she got awarded instead of a grown person tasing an 11 year old child. Kill yourself please.

  • Waya Hedia

    When you grow up you learn not to sugarcoat the truth.

  • Waya Hedia

    Right.. and how do you get her in a cell when she's resisting? You have to subdue her.

  • Quitedeliteful

    A grown man can't 'subdue' an eleven year old?!?!? Then he needs to quit his job and become a massage therapist or something...

  • Waya Hedia

    They're cops. Not social workers or huggy-bears. THAT is why you BEHAVE when they ask you to. But please.. get back to me after you've had a few years wearing a badge on the streets.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don't care what they are. If a grown man can't handle an eleven year old then he should go work in 7-Eleven.

  • Quitedeliteful

    If you read and digested what I said you would know that I am not condoning an eleven year old getting tased. WHAT I AM SAYING is that I am glad that the money will be used for her therapy so that she can work through whatever problems she may have that causes her to want to steal in the first place. Reading comprehension is essential...

  • Waya Hedia

    Sounds like he did handle her. If an eleven year old can't obey a cop then she could be tasered. Exactly which move would you suggest? Choke hold? Grab her and force her to the ground and slap cuffs on her? Admit it. ANY move the cop made would have you whining.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Whatever! If a grown man can't handle an eleven year old without the use of brute force then perhaps he should become a short order cook instead.

  • Tahj

    Damn I stole candy before as a child. Matter of fact we use to steal a lot as kids. I dont know why... My mom had a good job and I could get anything I wanted. I think we did it because our friends were. BUT If i had gotten tased LOL OMG. Im have a professional career and only stole as a kid. But if someone tased my baby because thats what she is a child under 13, I would be pissed. She was wrong. But she posed no threat. Im a tell yall all like this. SHE WILL NOT BE THE LAST. IT APPEARS THAT WE ARE LIVING IN THE SEGREGATION ERA AGAIN. It is our fault. We not voting. we killing each other. we not teaching our children. They look at us as animals and every time another black man kills another black man it proves a point. They are building jails for us. they are killing us. And we letting them. We not going to school. We not believing in GOD. We dont go to church. Not even on EASTER!!!. Every one #staywoke, BUT WE ALL SLEEP! PLEASE VOTE NOVEMBER 6. IF YOU HAVE ADULT CHILDREN THAT ARE LEGAL VOTING AGE. PLEASE MAKE THEM VOTE. We loosing.

  • BloodBlood

    So I could steal & get paid ?(interesting)

  • Lucy

    What I did see was an 11 year old get tased and she was far from a "roided" up 42 year

  • Lucy

    It wasn't about the theft. Its about the excessive use of force.

  • Waya Hedia

    No, we're not living in a segregation era. That is profoundly ridiculous. However, please take time to realize that you are supporting criminal behavior as if it is the norm. THAT is where you're going to fail every time. If don't want to feel like you're segregated from the rest of society, stop supporting criminal behavior every chance you get just because the perp is black. That's crazy.

  • Waya Hedia

    If you support criminal behavior you're the one who needs to kill yourself. Are you saying that every young black kid steals? Or that you're comfortable with her as a young criminal?

  • Jefferey Franklin

    I love how when people get older and become the pinnacle of perfection. Everyone has stolen something at least once in their lives. Including you. It doesn't make it right, just makes it relatable. She stole she got caught, she should have gotten arrested and taken to jail. The problem is a grown man tasing an 11 year old child. If you don't have a problem with that, then its you that has the problem. If this was your child, I find it hard to believe you would be ignoring that part of the story all to waive your finger in the little girls face.

  • Waya Hedia

    Probably best to comply when you're asked to. I don't mind that she got tased at all. What I do mind is everyone thinking it is ok to steal, because they assume everyone stole, so it's just OK.

    But please, with your police expertise, tell us all what the officer should have done to restrain her.

    No, I didn't shoplift or steal anything when I was a kid or when I grew older. In many communities it isn't the norm.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I stole ONCE when I was really young (4-5 yrs old). Stole $20 out of my mom's purse, went to the corner store that was straight up the sidewalk and bought candy. I didn't cross the street properly and got hit but it wasn't anything major, more like a bump because they weren't speeding. My knees were bleeding bad from falling forward, I still have the scars on my knees. That was NOTHING compared to what I had coming to me when I got home... My momma was PISSED, threw me in the tub to wash me and beat me with the belt (yes, while I was wet..). I know a lot of people in here are against whoopins and whatnot, but I learned a valuable lesson that day. I NEVER stole again, not even a penny, not a nothing from anybody or anywhere. I've taught my kids the same lesson (not with the beating though) that they are NOT to steal. My youngest called himself trying to steal a pack of gum from a grocery store when he was between 3-4 yrs old and while he didn't get a whoopin, we threatened to take him back to the store and have him taken to jail. He was sooo scared and was crying, he promised not to do it again. I haven't had any issues with him stealing ever since.

  • Jethro
  • Applebootay

    She ran in the store, so his lazy azz decided to tase her rather than to run after her....

  • Applebootay

    SHe ran and his lazy azz, didn't want to run after her so he tased her...that's why she's $240,000 richer, now she don't have to steal.

  • Applebootay

    YOU sound ridiculous, obvious the CITY GOVERNMENT AND THE GROCERY STORE agreed that it was a misuse of force on a minor...FOH

  • Waya Hedia

    Why should he have to run after her and what do you expect would have happened if he had run after her and tackled her?

  • Jefferey Franklin

    So , you've never ever picked up something that wasn't your's? I call bullshit because everybody has at least once in their lives. That's why I said most can relate. But not you, your the next thing to Jesus....anyways.

    There is no reason for any adult to tase a child period unless they are faced with actual bodily harm. They are trained to detain criminals that are adults, if his ass couldn't handle a 11 year old girl then he needs to relinquish the badge he holds. No need to respond back, You can't even be real in your responses, hate to see the actual hypocritical person you are in real life.

  • Waya Hedia

    You could answer the question eh?

  • Applebootay

    AND WhyTF would he have to tackle an 11 year old? I mean...do you hear yourself? WTH...I've had 2 kids so I know...I can run after you, snatch your azz up and cuff you...REAL FUKKING eazy....

  • Waya Hedia

    It may surprise you to learn that not everyone is a thief or was one as a child. She's SHOPLIFTING, Jeff. Not just 'picking up something that wasn't hers'. And it apparently isn't her first time.

    You don't have to be Jesus to respect other people's property. For fk's sake.

    It isn't about me, Jeff. So spare me your faulty analysis of my life. I help people. I don't steal from them.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Like I said lady miss me with the bullshit. I know this is hard for people like you as you are still insinuating that I am endorsing stealing. You like to pretend like its either or. People can actually relate to something yet still acknowledge that it's wrong.

    Just because you got your ass on your shoulders doesn't mean your opinion is the end all be all. I would find your position much more easy to digest if you stated that sure you taken a few things here and there , but you still don't endorse stealing. Because that's an actual realistic attitude then just flat out denying that you've NEVER stolen anything. But you can't do that cause too full of yourself.

    Anyways I'm off of it. If you honestly don't see a problem with a grown man electrocuting a child all in the name of upholding justice then your a dimwitted idiiot and deserve nothing less then the same for whatever indiscretions you may have, because we all have a few.

  • CaramelDrop

    Ok, BEEZELBUB. Now run along.

  • Waya Hedia

    "Just because you got your ass on your shoulders "

    Blah. You can't insult someone who has no respect for you. If you can't be civil and express yourself that's kinda your problem.

    Yes, you're endorsing criminality when you declare "Hey! who hasn't stolen stuff" .

    Meanwhile, look up the word "electrocution".

    I've never stolen anything. Neither have most other people. Never been a repeat shoplifting offender either.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Lazy mofo needs desk duty...

  • Ryan

    Huh? Congratulations on earning this block you damned fool.

  • Strappyheels

    Voting is going to help?

  • Strappyheels

    Exactly!!!!

    We hate ourselves way more than other race.

    We don’t even have compassion for a child..

    Of course stealing is wrong, but electric shocking a child is horrific!!

    Especially over $53.00

  • Strappyheels

    You are nothing but a lying ass troll.

    Go away

  • Jussjess25

    Thats all it takes, case closed. Black parents kids are for sale. Smdh soon they gonna stop paying black folks

  • Tahj

    nope. have a good day

  • parisjok

    they pay whites also dumb dumb

  • Queen B

    I'll take 2 tasings for 240k lol

  • Dora LaBelle

    Waya just being an a**hole.

  • Quitedeliteful

    As usual...

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