An Orlando police officer has been suspended pending an internal investigation into incidents in which he arrested a six-year-old and an eight-year-old in school.
The kids were arrested in separate incidents, and it’s unclear what they did. In both cases, officer Dennis Turner placed them in handcuffs and transported them to the station for booking. The eight-year-old was processed and then released to a family member. The six-year-old was booked and returned to school.
The police department requires officers to get a commander’s approval before arresting kids under the age of 12 and Turner failed to do so. (WKMG-TV)
- Needless to say, the kids’ parents are outraged.
- It’s reported that the six-year-old girl threw some sort of tantrum in class.
- If the kids were out of control and needed to be restrained to protect themselves and others, then why shouldn’t the officer cuff them?
- Arresting young kids and hauling them off to jail is way overboard.