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Florida Cop Fired After 'Traumatic' Arrest of Two 6-Years-Old School Students Caused Outrage

The incident outraged Americans as last week after an Orlando school resource officer Dennis Turner arrested two young children.

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Updated:September 25, 2019, 11:55 AM IST
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Florida Cop Fired After 'Traumatic' Arrest of Two 6-Years-Old School Students Caused Outrage
Left: Office of State attorney Aramis Ayala, Right: one of the two children that were arrested | Image credit: Facebook

An Orlando school resource officer Dennis Turner, who arrested two 6-year-old children last week prompting a national outrage has been fired, Chief Orlando Rolon said Monday evening.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon said Dennis Turner, who had been suspended following the incident 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, reported The Washington Post.

Speaking about it Orlando added that on behalf of himself and the entire Orlando Police Department, he apologises to the children involved and their families.

He went on to add that as a grandfather of three children less than 11 years old, he can imagine how traumatic it must have been for everybody involved.

Earlier in the day, State Attorney Aramis Ayala had confirmed that her office would not prosecute the children and is working to clear their records.

Taking to Facebook, the Office of State Attorney, Aramis D. Ayala wrote that the young children are to be "protected, nurtured, and disciplined" in a way that "does not rely on the criminal justice system to do it," adding, that the "criminal process ends here."

Police on their part have declined to identify the two children who were arrested or disclose details about their cases, only revealing that the young boy and girl were both charged with misdemeanor battery in separate events.

While prosecutors have said they intervened before either of the children could be taken to a juvenile detention centre, the arrests themselves have renewed scrutiny on policing in schools.

According to Washington Post, Meralyn Kirkland, in an interaction with WKMG revealed that her granddaughter, Kaia Rolle, was one of the children involved.

Turns out Kaia's arrest came after she had a tantrum in class because her sleep apnea prevented her from getting enough rest the night bfore. This prompted a trip to the office where a school staffer tried to grab her wrist to calm her down, only for her to kick back. Kaia was arrested and charged revealed Kirkland.

The officer who was responsible for transporting Kaia, however, confirmed that the proper approval hadn’t been obtained and she was returned to school before being processed at the juvenile facility, police said.

The incident of the arrest of the two children sparked widespread outrage as some critics demanded that Turner be disciplined or fired, while others urged the Orlando Police Department to review its policy regarding minors.

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