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officer under investigation after arrest of children, 6 and 8, says chief



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.

Under the Department's guidelines, officers must seek the approval of a supervisor if they arrest someone under the age of 12.

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.


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