We are becoming increasingly aware of the biased foundations on which our society is built. There's no getting around it; those are just the facts. And with every news story that breaks out, I seem to lose my faith in humanity a little bit more.
And this is just another one of those moments. A police officer is under investigation after he arrested a six-year-old and an eight-year-old at a school in separate incidents in Orlando, Florida. And after some further digging, you wouldn't believe what else the investigators discovered...
Keep reading for all the details on this heartbreaking story.
Police brutality is a serious issue in the States.After 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.
And I'm just going to say it like it is.Racism is well and truly alive. Just because it has been disguised over the span of your lifetime, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. You're just in a privileged position, so you don't have to feel the effects of it. Count yourself lucky.
The treatment of black individuals in society is unacceptable.If white folk were being treated in such a manner, there would be an uproar, but when it's a minority group in our communities, we don't bat an eyelid. Ask yourselves: Why is that?
Black communities have been forced to protest over unfair treatment.I've seen so much negative press surrounding the "Black Lives Matter" movement that it left me questioning some people's mindsets.
I mean, if your son was shot in his own back yard, I'm sure you would do more than just protest.Or if your brother was choked to death by an on-duty officer, what would your reaction be? Well, that's exactly what happened to Eric Garner, a black man who was choked to death by Daniel Pantaleo, an NYPD officer. Thankfully, after much (unnecessary) deliberation, Pantaleo was fired in August.
And that's only one case.But black communities are thinking about the bigger picture. That's why they protest. That's why they're fighting for change. That's why these movements exist. The lives of young, black people have been lost because of the way our society has been built and it's not acceptable.
And neither is this story.However, this one's got a surprising twist. A black 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 two separate incidents at a school in Orlando, Florida.Dennis Turner, the officer facing backlash, has since been suspended for his behavior, which was deemed illegal and unjust.
Here's how it all started...Kaia, 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.Turner 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.As 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:She 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...But 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...Turner 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.First 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 f*cking douchebag.
Meralyn was left extremely heartbroken after the incident.
@orlandosentinel PPS. People need to stop being shocked that a Black cop could be part of a racist criminal legal s… https://t.co/DrZhsLx4lP— Rebecca Kavanagh (@Rebecca Kavanagh)1569214943.0
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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