An Orlando policeman who arrested a 6-year-old schoolgirl due to aggressive behavior was fired a few days later
The Orlando Police Department recently posted a body camera video of police officer Dennis Turner, who arrested a 6-year-old schoolgirl named Kaia in September at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school. The video also shows how Turner ties girls' hands behind the her back and puts her into the patrol car.
Here’s video of police cuffing and arresting a 6 year old girl because she had a tantrum in class. Reason #44,009,827 to get your kids the hell out of the government school system. They are criminalizing childhood misbehavior. Outrageous and tyrannical.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 26, 2020
Later, the police department confirmed that Dennis Turner made two arrests of children at the age of 6 that week, after which he was fired.
According to police reports, the incident captured on video occurred on September 19th. After a 6-year-old student was taken to the police station, she was charged with a battery, but later the charges were dropped.
Also on the video was a fragment of a conversation between school staff and Turner.
"Are the restraints, are they necessary?" asks one of the school staff.
"Yes," the officer replies. "And if she was bigger, she would've been wearing regular handcuffs."
Throughout the entire video, the girl is scared and crying, begging the officers not to handcuff her, but the policeman is adamant. Later, the girl’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland told the WFLA that the girl was suffering from a sleep disorder.
Upon arrival at the police station, Kaia was fingerprinted and was released home.