A deputy used a Taser on a 12-year-old African-American girl on Feb. 25 at a roller-skating rink in Colerain Township, Ohio (video below).
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told WCPO that deputies have worked security at the skating rink for many years: "This is the first time in a long time that there was a major incident at this venue."
The incident at The Skatin' Place was filmed by an unidentified witness who sent the footage (video below) to WXIX.
Brian Liette of The Skatin' Place said the girl was told several times that she had to wear skates, but refused to do so. The pre-teen was subsequently told that she'd have to leave if she refused to wear skates.
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Liette said that the two deputies got involved with the situation.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Robison said the skating rink staff and deputies told the girl to leave, but the minor refused, reports WCPO.
A sheriff's office press release said the girl was "using extremely disrespectful language she vehemently refused to comply," and "When the Deputies attempted to escort her from the premises, she struck a Deputy twice in the face, and proceeded to continue to kick both Deputies. She was given several verbal commands to stop resisting which she also ignored," notes WXIX.
Robison said a deputy set his Taser on "drive stun" when he used the weapon on the girl's leg, which means the Taser's barbs were not fired, reports WCPO.
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According to Robison, the girl was taken by the deputies to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center, and charged with two counts of assault on an officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct.
A study released in July 2016 found that police were more likely to touch, handcuff, push to the ground or pepper-spray African-American men and women; there was no racial bias when it came to police shooting people.
Roland G. Fryer Jr., an African-American economics professor at Harvard who authored the study, told The New York Times: "It is the most surprising result of my career."
In his study, Fryer and his team researched 1,332 shootings by police between 2000 and 2015 in Texas, Florida and California.
"You know, protesting is not my thing," Fryer told the newspaper. "But data is my thing. So I decided that I was going to collect a bunch of data and try to understand what really is going on when it comes to racial differences in police use of force."