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Police: Girl Tased For Biting

A Cincinnati Police Department report sheds new light on a tasing incident at Burton Elementary Shool in Avondale. Officers say the 12 year old girl tried to bite, kick, and hit them. Also according to the report, she refused to follow orders more than a dozen times on Wednesday. The North Avondale 7th grader and her mother tell FOX 19 she did try to get away from the officer's grasp so she wouldn't have to go to detention but did not try to attack police. Rakesha Thomas tells FOX 19, "I didn't bite or scratch or try to kick. All I did was I was struggling and trying to get out of his arms." Rakesha's mother, Cynthia Harris says, "I'm not saying she's perfect but she would not bite and she would not kick." Rakesha's mother believes her daughter and says if she really bit and kicked, why no school suspension or discipline? On Thursday the girl returned to regular classes without any suspension or detention for allegedly attempting to bite, kick, and hit police. The police report released by the department was labeled as a draft. The chief will be among those to review the findings. Civic organization, Coalition For a Just Cincinnati, asked city councilmembers Thursday to investigate how an unarmed 12 year old could be tased in the first place. The author of the draft police report says department policy was followed.
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