A little girl was sitting inside a Florida classroom listening to a school employee tell a story on September 19, 2019, when Orlando Officer Dennis Turner walked in and arrested her.
According to ClickOrlando, Kaia Roller, a first-grader at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy, apparently had a temper tantrum earlier that day. She allegedly ended up hitting and kicking a few staff members. According to an arrest report, the little girl was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Kaia Rolle: “What are those for?”
Officer Dennis Turner: “They’re for you,” Officer Dennis Turner said about the zip ties.
Kaia Rolle: “No … no, don’t put handcuffs on!
Kaira had calmed down by the time the officer arrived, but it was too late. A staff member informed the little girl she had to go with the officer.
“Please, give me a second chance,” the girl cried.
The officers placed Kaira in the back seat of an SUV and drove her to a juvenile detention center.
Another school staff member, Beverly Stoute, allegedly requested to press charges against Kaia, according to police. The school denied the allegation and claimed they never wanted to press charges or have the girl arrested.
“We care about the well-being of our students. The officer’s statements are inaccurate. We did not ask for either student to be arrested, neither did we want to pursue criminal charges,” a spokesperson for the school said.
Turner was fired a week later. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Turner had previously arrested a 6-year-old boy on a misdemeanor charge. He did not get approval from his watch commander for either arrest, as is required when a school resource officer arrests a child under 12.
A family attorney released the video this week.
On Tuesday, Orlando PD released a statement about the incident and promised to take action to ensure an arrest like Kaia’s does not happen again. Part of the plan will include getting prior approval by the Deputy Chief before arresting anyone under the age of 12.
WARNING: Video may be disturbing to some viewers
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode.
[Feature Photo: Kaia Rolle/Handout]