Florida Officer Suspended After Arresting 6-Year-Old
A police officer in Florida has been suspended for arresting two children, ages 6 and 8, at an elementary school.
The Orlando Police Department suspended Dennis Turner while they investigated the incident at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy Charter School.
According to ABC 7, Turner was working as a school resource officer when he arrested the two children without obtaining a supervisor’s approval, which is needed for children under 12.
Meralyn Kirkland said her granddaughter was arrested because she had a temper tantrum and allegedly kicked a member of staff.
Kirkland said she went to the Juvenile Assessment Center when she found out her granddaughter had been arrested.
“I asked them for her, and they told me she was currently in the process of being fingerprinted. And I think when they said fingerprinted is when it hit home to me. And I’m like, ‘Fingerprinted?’ And they said, Yes,’ and they escorted me into an office and on the desk in that office were two mugshot pictures of my 6-year-old granddaughter,” said Kirkland.
Police report that they stopped the Juvenile Assessment Center from processing the 6-year-old child upon finding out that the school resource officer did not consult with a supervisor in regards to the arrest of a minor.