An Orlando police officer has been put in the hot seat after he arrested a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old at a school in separate incidents in Orlando, Florida.
Since then, some newly released body-cam footage was released to the public. You will not believe the other horrible information the authorities have discovered.
Keep scrolling to see the full video of the incident.
Police brutality is a serious issue in the States.
via: Getty ImagesAfter a number of incidents that have emerged over the past decade, it is clear to see a distinct pattern in all of the unlawful arrests made by police officers.
This story adds to this narrative.
via: Getty ImagesHowever, this one's got a surprising twist. A police officer, who is now under investigation, arrested, handcuffed, and processed a 6-year-old for throwing what has been described as a "tantrum" during class. He also arrested an 8-year-old.
The incidents occurred during 2 separate incidents at a school in Orlando, Florida.
via: Getty ImagesDennis Turner, the officer facing backlash, has since been suspended for his behavior, which was deemed illegal and unjust.
Here's how it all started...
via: Getty ImagesKaia, the 6-year-old, was arrested after throwing a tantrum in which she kicked a teacher. The charter school which she attended, Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy, has a policy that states a supervisor must agree to the said arrest before any action is taken.
But that's not what happened here.
via: Getty ImagesTurner decided he would arrest the child without permission. He handcuffed her and put her in the back of a police car and drove her all the way to a Juvenile Facility where she was fingerprinted and had to wait for an adult to come and judge the situation.
Meralyn Kirkland, her grandmother, received a disturbing call informing her of the situation.
via: New York TimesAs any guardian would be, Meralyn was concerned for her granddaughter. She wondered how anyone could arrest and handcuff a child in such a heartless manner.
This is what she told the television station WKMG:
via: Getty ImagesShe told them that, after receiving a call, informing her that Kaia had been arrested for "battery" offenses, she had been driven to the Juvenile Assessment Center where she was being held.
The concerned grandmother tried to explain why her granddaughter was acting out...
via: TwitterBut the officer was having none of it. Meralyn told him that Kaia had sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder, and that they were working to resolve the issue.
And you wouldn't believe what the officer said...
via: TwitterTurner had responded in the most unsympathetic manner saying: "Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don’t behave like that." The officer is pictured on the left, just to clear things up. Yes, a relatively powerful member of the community upholding these kinds of biased, aggressive values. It just adds extra salt to the wound.
According to Meralyn, that's what he said.
via: TwitterFirst of all, you're a grown adult. If you were going around kicking anybody, you'd probably get kicked back before being arrested. Secondly, you've just heard that a 6-year-old is having to deal with a disorder that means she stops breathing while she's sleeping and that's the best you've got? Thirdly, what a douchebag.
Meralyn was left extremely heartbroken after the incident.
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The officer who transported the 6-year-old later found out that Turner had not been granted approval and stopped the process.
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But gets worse...
via: Getty ImagesIt was later found that this wasn't the first time that Turner had taken part in this kind of activity. Apparently, in a separate incident, he had arrested an 8-year-old, whose details have been omitted from the public for safety reasons.
Now, things have taken a more sinister turn...
via: Getty ImagesIt was later revealed that Turner had been known to the police before these two events. In 1998, he had been charged with aggravated child abuse, for things he had done to his 7-year-old son. The outcome of that case had never been noted, but since he continued his role as an officer, clearly there were no severe consequences for him.
He was also known for his aggression on the job.
via: Getty ImagesIn 2016, the officer had been facing backlash for his handling of a case, where instead of arresting a criminal, he subjected him to torture by stunning him with a taser 5 times.
And still, Turner served in the police force for twenty-three years...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the department, he retired in 2018, but by that time he was earning almost 100,000 dollars a year. An officer who abuses his power tortures people and arrests children was getting paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to do so.
So this raises all-important questions as to why this man still had a job protecting the community?
via: Getty ImagesI'm just as shocked as you are. There has been no information released stating whether or not he's going to face any repercussions. Right now, he has just been suspended by the department while an investigation takes place.
The police chief, Orlando Rolón, commented on the situation.
via: Orlando GovernmentHe stated that Turner was working as a school resource officer at a charter school when he arrested the children.
He wasn't even a proper policeman at the time...
via: Getty ImagesOfficer Turner was assigned to the "Reserve Officer Program." Details of the program were unavailable, it was reported that it is made up of retired officers from the Orlando Police Department.
A mental health doctor said that putting a child in handcuffs is traumatizing.
via: Twitter"Arresting them and putting them under handcuffs is traumatizing. There’s no clinical benefit to the child or society."
And thankfully, newly released body-cam footage meant that the officer could be brought to justice.An attorney from Smith & Eulo Law Firm representing the little girl's family told Buzzfeed News that Kaia has now changed schools and is seeing a counselor every week.
They are currently suing the state of Orlando.The leader of the police force released a follow-up statement in which he stated that the officer in question has now been fired and their department underwent training to prevent incidents like this from happening again.
And the law around the issue has strengthened too.
via: TooFabNow arrests on children under the age of twelve must be approved by a deputy chief before they are followed through. He said this: "As a Grandfather myself, I understand how traumatic this incident was for the children and everyone involved."
The body-cam footage shows the little girl begging to be released...
via: TooFabIt's difficult to watch as she pleads with the officer, who continues to guide her out of the building with her hands behind her back.