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Officer Is Suspended After Arresting And Handcuffing Eight-Year-Old And Later Same Day Arresting A Six-Year-Old Girl

Most six-year-olds throw the odd tantrum from time to time.

You may want to handcuff them, but most of us know that this is not the appropriate action.

However Officer Dennis Turner believed it was the appropriate action. He has had his duties suspended after he arrested two elementary school children.

Officer Turner reportedly handcuffed and took six-year-old Kaia Rolle to juvenile detention when she threw a temper tantrum.

The incidents took place at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy, Florida.

Officer Is Suspended After Arresting And Handcuffing Eight-Year-Old And Later Same Day Arresting A Six-Year-Old Girl
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An investigation into Officer Turner’s actions is now underway after he accused students ages 6 and 8 of misdemeanors.     

The names of the children were not released by authorities due to their ages. 

But the grandmother of six-year-old, Kaia Rolle, Meralyn Kirkland, decided to speak to a news station about her granddaughter’s arrest.

Officer Is Suspended After Arresting And Handcuffing Eight-Year-Old And Later Same Day Arresting A Six-Year-Old Girl
WKMG

“How do you do that to a 6-year-old child?” Kirkland told WKMG.   

According to Kirkland her granddaughter was acting out in class. She was taken to the school office where she reportedly “kicked somebody” who was trying to calm her down. 

Officer Turner then handcuffed Kaia and put her in the backseat of a squad car.

“She’s charged with battery,” the grandmother says. “No 6-year-old 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 detention center to be finger-printed and mug shot.”

Officer Is Suspended After Arresting And Handcuffing Eight-Year-Old And Later Same Day Arresting A Six-Year-Old Girl
WKMG

Kirkland said her granddaughter had thrown a tantrum at the school because she has sleep apnea.

“Well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that,” Officer Turner told Kaia’s grandmother when they spoke about the incident. 

Police chief Chief Orlando 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.”

“As a grandparent of three children less than 11 years old this is very concerning to me.”

“Our Department strives to deliver professional and courteous service. My staff and I are committed to exceeding those standards and expectations.” 

The Orlando Police Department encorage retired cops to work at schools. Turner had retired from the department last year, according to the department’s Twitter page. 

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Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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