September 23, 2019 | 8:42pm
A Florida police officer has reportedly been fired amid outrage for arresting two 6-year-old elementary school children last week, authorities said Monday.
Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón announced that school resource officer Dennis Turner was axed amid a probe into his bust of two youngsters last Thursday, according to NBC News.
“This will not stop,” Rolón said of the investigation. “But at my level, I have the opportunity to be able to exercise that and when I came in today, I knew there was no choice here. He was going to be terminated.”
Department policy dictates that officers must obtain the approval of their commanding officer before initiating an arrest of a child under 12.
Turner neglected to abide by that policy when he arrested 6-year-old Kaia Rolle for throwing a tantrum and kicking someone at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy elementary school, her grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, said.
Rolle was fingerprinted and charged with battery. But when a supervisor got wind of Turner’s action, the little girl’s arrest was halted and she was returned to school, Rolón had said.
The same day Turner also arrested a 6-year-old boy, who was processed at the Juvenile Detention Center and later released to a relative.