Updated Story — Oct 1, 2019

According to The Ledger, Officer Dennis Turner, who was originally suspended for his actions of arresting two minors, placing them in handcuffs and leading them out of the school in front of their classmates was fired. According to procedure, he was to have alerted the supervisor for approval but he went forward and probably caused irreparable harm.

State Attorney Aramis D. Ayala said that charges against the two kids were dropped and they were never going to be prosecuted in the first place. Both of the minors arrested by Turner was for separate incidents.

An Orlando school resource officer who arrested two 6-year-old children on the same day last week was fired Monday amid growing outcry, officials said.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said Dennis Turner, who had been suspended after the incidents Thursday at a charter school, did not follow the department’s policy requiring approval from a supervisor for any arrest of a minor younger than 12.

“On behalf of myself and the entire Orlando Police Department, I apologize to the children involved and their families,” Rolón said during a news conference Monday. “As a grandfather of three children less than 11 years old, I can only imagine how traumatic this was for everyone involved.”

Turner did not respond to a request for comment early Tuesday. [The Ledger]

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The Orlando Sentinel reported that Turner had been arrested earlier in his law enforcement career for abusing his 7-year-old son. He was also disciplined for that incident. He was also reprimanded after he tased a man five times. Reports say that the man was on the ground and no longed resisting when Turner zapped him two more times. This was filed with the Orlando Sentinel in 2016.

We do want to correct the record. The kids were not taken to the juvenile center as reported, however, they were placed in the back of the police car at the school.


Updated Story — September 22, 2019

As earlier reported, a 6-year-old girl named Rolle was arrested by a Florida police officer — who was allegedly throwing a tantrum in her class. That officer has been suspended as the department continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Dennis Turner, the School Resource Officer, was supposed to get the approval of his commanding officer before handcuffing the child and taking her out of school to a juvenile correctional facility. Department policy requires the officer to get approval for the arrest.

As of Sunday, Officer Turner was reassigned to the Reserve Officer Program and his duties suspended, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon told News 6. [New York Post]


Original Story — September 22, 2019

A Florida grandmother is not happy after her six-year-old granddaughter was arrested, cuffed and fingerprinted following a kicking tantrum in her Orlando elementary school class.

“She was charged with battery!” a stunned Meralyn Kirkland told Click Orlando of her grandaughter, Kaia.

Kirkland said her granddaughter, Rolle, suffered from a sleep apnea condition that she is currently working on managing through medication. Most of you that know about sleep apnea and the problems it causes for those who have trouble staying away through the day because they aren’t getting sleep at night. I am sure it affects others in different ways, and for this little girl, it seems she was acting out from sleep deprivation, the grandmother said.

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I do agree with Kirkland that hauling her away from her Orlando elementary school in handcuffs was probably the wrong thing to do. Rolle wasn’t the only kid arrested and removed from the school grounds; an 8-year-old was also arrested in an unrelated incident.

Meralyn Kirkland said she was shocked Thursday when she got a call saying a school resource officer at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy, an Orlando charter school, arrested 6-year-old Kaia Rolle.

Kirkland said Rolle was acting out in class, a side effect of a lack of sleep from a medical condition, so she was sent to the office. While Rolle was there, a staff member grabbed her wrists in order to calm her down and that’s when she lashed out and kicked, according to Kirkland.

She said Officer Dennis Turner didn’t understand when she tried to explain Rolle’s behavior.

“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved, and he says, ”What medical condition?’ ‘She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don’t behave like that,'” Kirkland said. [Click Orlando]

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