Recently released bodycam footage shows a 6-year-old girl in a Florida charter school crying and pleading with a police officer not to arrest her as he restrains her with wrists ties.
The child’s family shared the video with the Orlando Sentinel and other media outlets on Monday.
6-year-old Kaia Rolle was taken into custody by Orlando police after they were called to the school because the girl had been kicking and punching staff members.
The arresting officer, Dennis Turner was fired shortly after the incident. Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon said Turner did not follow department policy. According to police, Turner was supposed to get the approval of a watch commander before arresting someone younger than 12.
Officials have said that Turner also arrested a 6-year-old boy at another school on the same day as Kaia’s arrest for misdemeanor battery in an unrelated incident. However, the boy’s arrest was halted by superiors before the child made it through the full arrest process.
Last September, State Attorney Aramis Ayala dismissed the misdemeanor battery charges against both children.
Turner was quoted by News 6 in Orlando as saying: “I was a police officer for 23 years, and I was in the military before that. All I’ve ever done is to serve my country and my community. That’s all I have to say about this.”
President of the Orlando Fraternal Order of Police Adam Krudo said that the video showed a “lapse of judgment on the part of Dennis Turner.”
According to Krudo, the department’s guidelines have now been updated. He said officers now need a deputy chief’s approval before arresting anyone under the age of 12. Before the new policy, officers only needed a lieutenant’s approval.