Two elementary children, one six and the other eight years old, have been arrested by a police officer in Orlando, Florida, during an “incident” last Thursday.
The officer is now facing a department investigation and community outrage. The younger of the children, the six-year-old, was a black girl, and she was handcuffed and driven away in a police car before being charged with misdemeanor battery. Reportedly, she was arrested because she kicked someone during a tantrum.
Meralyn Kirkland, the girl’s grandmother, says that the child was also fingerprinted and even had her mugshot taken at the station.
Yes, you read that right.
Kirkland said in a tearful interview that no 6-year-old should be able to tell somebody that they had been arrested and had handcuffs on them.
Both the six-year-old and the eight-year-old were soon released from custody to their legal guardians.
Community outrage, however, has quickly prompted the Orlando Police Department to make a statement, in which they said that Officer Dennis Turner’s actions are being investigated because he did not follow the proper procedure when it comes to arresting kids under the age of 12.
Chief of Police Orlando Rolón said that as a grandparent of three children younger than 11, this is very concerning to him. He added that their department strives to deliver professional and courteous service, and he and his staff are committed to exceeding those standards.