A Florida police officer has been suspended after arresting two children earlier this week. One of the children arrested was a 6-year-old girl, who reportedly threw a tantrum while at school.
According to the New York Post, authorities said the officer has been suspended as the department investigates the incident. Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon told a local outlet that, School Resource Officer Dennis Turner did not get the approval from his commanding officer before detaining the 6-year-old girl Kaia Rolle, and also an 8-year-old on Thursday.
Chief Rolon also added that the officer has been reassigned to the Reserve Officer Program and his duties suspended, as the outcome of an internal investigation is still pending.
Rolon said, “The Orlando Police Department has a policy that addresses the arrest of a minor, and our initial finding shows the policy was not followed.”
He continued, “As a grandparent of three children less than 11 years old, this is very concerning to me.”
Meralyn Kirkland, the grandmother of 6-year-old Kaia Rolle said the young girl was handcuffed, fingerprinted and charged with battery after she threw a tantrum and kicked someone at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy elementary school.
Meralyn says Kaia suffers from sleep apnea and was sleep-deprived at the time of the incident at school.
She said, “No six-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot.”
Once a supervisor learned about the arrest, it was stopped before she was processed and she was returned to the school.
There was also an 8-year-old that was arrested in a separate incident and processed at the Juvenile Detention Center before being released to a family member.
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