A procedure by the Orlando Police in September last year, but only known until now, showed how a six-year-old girl was handcuffed with plastic clamps and led to a patrol. The video is causing outrage across the country.
The case, which had been reported on September 25, 2019, was recorded but the Orlando authorities had refused to disclose it and It was by order of a judge that on Tuesday they had to show it to public opinion.
The video shows two policemen entering an office of a school where the youngest, Kaia Rolle, was sitting listening to a school employee reading a story.
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– “What are those for?” Asks the girl to the police.
– “They are for you,” Officer Dennis Turner told him about the ties, before another officer tightened them around his wrists. Kaia started to cry.
– “No … no, don’t put the handcuffs on me!”, The girl shouted, according to the video that several media outlets shared, such as the Sun sentinel Monday night.
The arrests of the girl and another 6-year-old boy at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy in September attracted national headlines and widespread conviction, which led to the dismissal of the officer.
– “Help me, help me, please!” The youngest cries in the middle of the cry. Police officers continued with the arrest. Orlando school employees just watched in silence.
After boarding little Kaia in a police van to take her to the Child Assessment Center, Officer Turner returned to the school office and spoke with the administrators, who were worried about Kaia.
No … no, don’t put the handcuffs on me!
Record for the young
According to the newspaper version Sun sentinel, the policeman told them that he had arrested 6,000 people in his career; The youngest, until that moment, was 7 years old. When school employees told him that Kaia was 6 years old, not 8 as he thought, he didn’t seem worried.
“Now she has broken the record“said the officer.
Kaia, a first-grade student at the school, had a tantrum earlier on the day she had kicked and beaten three school employees, which led to her arrest for a misdemeanor, according to her police report. However, when Turner and another officer approached Kaia to stop her, handcuff her and arrest her, the girl had calmed down, the video shows.
The school employee who had been reading told Kaia that she had to go with the officers and that her grandmother would pick her up later.
While walking with the officer to the car, Kaia continued to cry: “I don’t want to go in a police car. “
The second officer, who has not been identified, replied: “Do not you want? … You have to.”
When the policeman returns to the patrol car, the girl says: “Please give me a second chance,” still crying.
Turner then returned to the school office, reminding an employee that he would need a statement from her and said he would probably receive a subpoena. The woman agreed, although she said she was upset.
The arrest report that Turner completed said that a Beverly Stoute school staff member had requested to press charges against Kaia, something the school later denied.
The video does not show any staff member trying to stop the arrest, although obviously several are restless.
– “Are restrictions necessary?” asked a school employee.
– “Yes,” Turner said. Sun sentinel.
Then, he added: “If she were bigger, she would have been wearing regular wives“.
The authorities have said that Turner also arrested a 6-year-old boy at Nixon Academy on the same day. that Kaia for misdemeanors in an unrelated incident. However, the child’s arrest was stopped by the superiors before the child went through the entire arrest process. Details about the child’s arrest have not been made public.
The next day, prosecutors dropped the charge against Kaia.
Officials of Orlando Police Department has said Turner violated the agency’s policy on arresting children under 12, which requires officers to obtain the approval of a supervisor, something Turner did not do. However, his decision was not illegal since Florida currently does not have a minimum age for arrest, says the Sun sentinel.
It should be from 12 years old
Meralyn Kirkland, Kaia’s grandmother, said she hopes that when people see the images of her granddaughter’s arrest, they will support a proposal to change that law by reaching 12 years of minimum age for arrest.
She said she would also like to see school resource officers receive more training and preparation, especially for working with young children.
“I knew what they did was wrong, but I never knew I was asking for help,” Kirkland said in an interview Monday night about the video. “I saw her break.”
Kirkland said that body camera images still bother her, especially when Turner talks “cruelly” about arresting children.
“Are you talking about traumatizing a 6 and 7 year old boy, and that’s a boast for you?” She said. “These are babies.”
Kirkland said that his granddaughter had sleep apnea, what could cause him to act badly in school, a condition that Kirkland had repeatedly worked with the school to handle.