A police officer from Orlando, Florida, is being investigated after arresting two children aged 6 and 8 in separate outings at a school on Thursday, police said.
The official Dennis Turner, was suspended until the result of an internal investigation, Orlando Rolón, the chief of police, said in a statement .
Officer Turner worked as a school resource officer at a charter school when he arrested the children, said chief Rolón.
Officer Turner has been assigned to the Reserve Officer Program. Details of the program were not available, but The Orlando Sentinel reported that they are retired Orlando Police Department officials.
Arrest of the 8-year-old, the transport officer did not know that Officer Turner had not received the approval of a supervisor, said the boss.
The child was processed by the Juvenile Assessment Center and shortly thereafter fired to a relative, Chief, Rolón said.
The sex of the child and what led to the arrest were not disclosed. The police did not disclose the names of the children.
The officer who brought the 6-year-old into the center found that the official Turner had not been given permission to arrest, and stopped the process immediately. According to Chief Rolón, the child was returned to school before processing.
"As a grandparent of three children under the age of 11, that's very important to me," he said.
wife. Kirkland said she received a phone call informing her that Kaia had kicked a staff member at the school, had been charged with battery problems and was on her way to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
wife. Kirkland said she had tried to explain to Officer Turner that her granddaughter had sleep apnea, a sleep disorder, and that they were working to fix it.
She told the ward that Officer Turner had replied, "Well, I have sleep apnea, and I do not behave like that."
"No 6-year-old child should be able to tell anyone they are Handcuffed and drove in a police car, "said Ms. Kirkland.
Officer Turner served the police for 23 years and retired in June 2018, according to the Department . At the end of his career, he earned more than $ 100,000 a year, according to an Orlando Business Journal database of salaries for civil servants.
Officer Turner was charged with harassing child abuse in connection with his 7-year-old son, The Orlando Sentinel reported. He was suspended until the outcome of the investigation was confirmed, The Sentinel reported, but the case's disposition was unclear on Sunday.
In 2016, he was accused of forcibly stunning a man with a Taser five times during an arrest, the newspaper reported.
Neither Officer Turner nor Mrs. Kirkland could be reached on Sunday for a comment.
The charter school administrators, who take care of students from kindergarten to fifth grade, did not respond to phone calls or emails on Sunday.
Dr. Victor M. Fornari, vice president of child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwell Health's Sugar Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, said it was hard to argue that children aged 6 or 8 could be arrested.
The mental health system – not the criminal justice system – is the one that one relies on often in such a situation, he said.
"Arresting them and handcuffing them is traumatic," he said. "There is no clinical benefit for the child or the society."