US Policeman Handcuffs, Arrests 6yo Girl at School
By Staff, Agencies
A US police body camera footage has been released showing a 6-year-old girl, crying while being handcuffed and arrested.
First-grader Kaia Rolle was placed in a police car in Florida with her wrists bound as she begged for help, shows the video released Monday.
The video, which was provided Monday to NBC affiliate WESH of Orlando by the attorney for the child's family, shows the incident on Sept. 19, which resulted in the firing of Orlando police Officer Dennis Turner.
Turner was involved in the arrest of two 6-year-olds in one week in September, among them the girl in the video. He was fired within days.
“What are those for?” she asked the Orlando police officers.
“They’re for you,” Officer Dennis Turner said about the zip ties
“No ... no, don’t put handcuffs on! Help me, help me, please!” she complained to no avail.
Kaia was placed in a police SUV to be taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
“I don’t wanna go in a police car,” Kaia said, to which the second cop responded, “You don’t want to? ... You have to.”
“Please, give me a second chance,” the girl responded, still crying.
No school staff member tried to prevent the arrest with one employee asking, “The restraints, are they necessary?”
“Yes,” Turner said. “If she was bigger, she would have been wearing regular handcuffs.”
In a police report, authorities said police were responding to a report that the 6-year-old had "battered three staff members by kicking and punching them" at her school, the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy in Orlando.
The child's grandmother has previously told local media in Florida that her granddaughter suffers from a sleep disorder that the family was working to resolve, which was why she was experiencing some behavioral issues.
The girl was charged with battery, but the charges were not pursued, according to WESH.
Orlando Police Department officials have said Turner has violated agency policy on arresting children younger than 12.