*Note Story Originally Posted September 21 Updated to Reflect New Facts in the matter
Florida police officer Dennis Turner has been fired and is being investigated after arresting two six-year-olds for separate incidents on last Thursday. One of the Children, a young girl named Khia was even booked in a Juvenile Detention Center as previously reported here. According to the Orlando CBS Affiliate WKMG, Dennis Turner was previously suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
The 6 year olds that Dennis Turner arrested last week were being charged in 2 unrelated situations, authorities said. All charges against the children have since been dropped. Additionally, Police clarified Monday that both of the children were 6 after initially describing one of them as 8 years old.
*Original story September 21
Meralyn Kirkland, grandmother of 6 year old Khia, stated that she was shocked to discover that the small child had been arrested on Thursday for “throwing a tantrum” at Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary Charter School.
The officers alleged that the little girl kicked someone during a tantrum. They told Ms. Kirkland “She is being charged and she is on her way… (to the juvenile detention center).” They booked this little girl like an adult y’all. Fingerprints, mugshot, handcuffs. She is in 1st Grade. “They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said finger printed it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Kirkland said. “No six year old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot,” said Ms. Kirkland to reporters.
Interestingly the officer also arrested an 8 year old boy the same day. In the state of Florida to arrest a CHILD under 12 department policy requires the officers to get permission- this officer did not get permission in either instance.
This is America.
Update Officer Dennis Turner has a History of Incidents that include Abuse, Arrests, and Excessive Force: