At first, 6-year-old Kaia Roll appeared to not understand what police officers were doing.
“What are these for?” He said officers noticed the jeep that had been brought to the school office in Orlando, Florida.
“This is for you,” an officer replied.
As he tied them, he started crying: “No, don’t put on handcuffs. Help me!”
Newly released body camera footage, first The Orlando Sentinel has revealed This week, despite the embarrassing pleas of how officers arrested Kai in September and drove him to a police car after leaving school, he and these other chaos captured the details. Kaiya was arrested after he threw a “tantra” at the school earlier that day, where he kicked a school staff member, his grandmother had said earlier.
The arrest had already begun sharp criticism by law enforcement over the rough treatment of young children. Dennis Turner, who also arrested a 6-year-old boy in a separate episode that same year, was fired from his job in September.
But distressing footage renewed those criticisms this week, with some saying the arrest turned out to be child abuse.
“No child should ever be zip-tied, handcuffed or restrained, and then dropped out of elementary school,” said Karen Bus, a California Democrat. Thursday on Twitter. “There is no good reason to arrest a child.”
Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rollins at the Orlando Police Department Statement on Tuesday That arrest has compromised trust between the public and police officers. He said he took steps to prevent similar arrests in the future, including requiring the approval of a deputy chief before arresting a child under the age of 12.
“As my grandfather I realized how painful this incident was for the child and everyone involved.”
When Officer Turner arrested the children in September, Lucius and Emma worked as a school resource officer at Nixon Academy, a charter school that serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade. He was assigned to the Reserve Officer Program, which consists of retired officers, The Sentinel said.
Officer Turner served in the police force for 23 years and retired in June 2018, According to the department. He could not be reached for this comment.
A lawyer for the school said the officer arrested the children despite the principal’s request not to do so.
At that time, officers were required to obtain the approval of a police department supervisor when they arrested someone under the age of 12; Officer Turner failed to do so.
Carly’s grandmother, Marilyn Kirkland, The television station told WKMG In September, the day of his arrest, a call came to him stating that a staff member had been kicked out of a Kaiya school, and that he had been taken to a juvenile evaluation center after being charged with battery.
Mrs Kirkland says she tried to explain that her granddaughter had sleep apnea, a sleep disorder and they were working to resolve it.
Aramis Ayala, a state attorney working in French Orange County, said in September that children would not be prosecuted.
“I refuse to take any role in the school-prison pipeline consciously at any age,” Mrs. Ayala said at the time. “These very young children should be protected, nurtured and disciplined in a way that does not depend on the criminal justice system to do so.”
He said he had previously seen the arrest of a 6-year-old man and added that Florida led the arrest of teenagers and Orange County led the state.
“This is not a reflection of children, but a reflection of a broken system that needs reforms”
The body camera footage shows the officers leading from the school crying and yelling at Kayima.
“I don’t want handcuffs, no, don’t wear handcuffs,” he was heard saying. “Help me, help me, please, help me” “
As he was taken to a police car parked outside the school, Kaiya says, “I don’t want to go to the police car.”
“You don’t wanna go?” An officer responds. “You have to.”
As he was put in the back of the car, he was heard crying and repeatedly saying, “Please.”
Mrs Kirkland told The Sentinel that she hoped that when people viewed the footage, they would support reforms regarding the arrest of children, saying she wanted to see better training for officers working with young children.
“I knew what they were doing was wrong, but I never knew she was begging for help,” said Miss Kirkland The watchman. “I saw her break.”