Disturbing camera images of the body were recorded the moment the Florida police arrested a sobbing six-year-old girl when she begged him to let her go.
First class Kaia Rolle was detained on September 19 at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy Charter School in Orlando after allegedly receiving a tantrum in the class and beating three employees.
The Kaia family released the video of Monday’s scandalous arrest, showing the child begging tears for officers to let her go before tying her up with cable ties.
One of the officers involved, Dennis Turner, was fired by the Orlando police in the aftermath of the incident because it was revealed that he also arrested a six-year-old in an unrelated incident at the school on the same day.
Body camera images show Orlando police officers arrest sobbing six-year-old Kaia Rolle at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy Charter School on September 19
The Kaia family released the video of Monday’s scandalous arrest, showing the child begging tears for officers to let her go before tying her up with cable ties
Kaia (photo) was arrested for a felony battery after she got into a tantrum and hit three school employees. Prosecutors dropped the charges the next day
One of the arresting officers, Dennis Turner (photo), was fired by the Orlando police after the incident because it was revealed that he had also arrested another six-year-old in an unrelated incident at the school on the same day
In the images, Turner hears a school staff member saying, “She will have to come with us now,” before gesturing to Kaia and saying, “Get up, get up … come here.”
“What are they for?” Kaia asks.
“It’s for you,” Turner replies.
Kaia then bursts into tears while begging another officer not to enthrall her.
“It’s not going to hurt,” says the second.
“No, no, I don’t want to handcuff!” Kaia is crying. ‘No, don’t put on cuffs! Please!’
The officers then guide the girl to a waiting police SUV while she shouts: “I don’t want to go in the police car. Please!’
‘Do not you want to?’ the second agent says. ‘You should.’
‘Please – give me a second chance! Please let me go! ” Kaia moans.
The six-year-old was transported to a juvenile prison center and charged with felony battery, according to an arrest report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
Prosecutors dropped the charges the next day.
Turner and another officer led Kaia to a police SUV after they held her with cable ties
‘Please – give me a second chance! Please let me go! ” Kaia wailed when she was placed in the car
The six-year-old was then transported to a juvenile prison for processing
The school staff did not seem to be trying to stop the arrest of Kaia, but an employee hears in the video: “The limitations, are they needed?”
In his arrest report, Turner wrote that a member of the school’s faculty, Beverly Stoute, had asked to file a complaint against Kaia.
The school has denied that claim and said that they never wanted them to be arrested in the first place.
The video does not show any staff member trying to stop Kaia’s arrest, although several appear visibly shocked.
“Are the restrictions necessary?” asks a school employee in the images.
“Yes,” Turner replied, adding, “If she were taller, she would have worn normal handcuffs.”
He also told the staff that the youngest person he had ever arrested before was a seven-year-old boy who was caught stealing in a supermarket.
He said he had arrested the boy because he “thought it was a joke” after other children started crying in the act.
Kaia’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland (photo with her), released the arrest images in the hope that it will convince officials to set a minimum age for arrests in Florida
Turner was terminated after Kaia’s arrest for violating the agency’s policy that supervisor approval is required to arrest a child under the age of 12.
Kaia’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, has called for a change to state law, which does not specify a minimum age for detention in Florida.
Kirkland hopes that the video of Kaia’s arrest will help ensure that government officials get a minimum age of 12 years.
“I knew what they were doing was wrong, but I never knew she was begging for help,” Kirkland told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.
“I’ve seen her break.”
Kirkland said that Kaia suffers from sleep apnea, causing her to play in class.
She said her granddaughter had to stand on a stool to have her booking photo taken at the county youth center.
On the same day, Turner arrested a six-year-old boy at Kaia’s school for a felony battery in an unrelated incident.
That boy was released before being processed.
A week after Kaia’s family raised the alarm about the arrests, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon told reporters that he was “shocked” by Turner’s actions.
“As a grandfather of three children under the age of 11, I can only imagine how traumatic this was for all involved,” Rolon said.
“We can fathom the idea that a six-year-old is placed in the back of a police car.”
Turner retired from the Orlando police in 2018 and worked in the department’s reserve unit when he arrested Kaia and the other boy.
Records released last fall revealed that he had been disciplined seven times during his 23-year term of office and was the subject of 16 citizens’ complaints of allegations of excessive violence and racial profiling.