Orlando police sergeant disciplined for forgetting procedure during 6-year-old girl’s arrest

Sergeant forced to give up 8 hours of personal time

Orlando police sergeant disciplined for forgetting procedure during 6-year-old girl’s arrest
Orlando police sergeant disciplined for forgetting procedure during 6-year-old girl’s arrest

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando police sergeant admitted that he couldn’t remember department policy when it came to arresting juveniles last September when a 6-year-old girl was arrested.

Kaia Rolle was put in zip-tie restraints at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy on Sept. 19, 2019 after she had a temper tantrum that her grandmother said was the result of a lack of sleep due to a medical condition.

The arrest sparked outrage that was recently reignited when body camera video of the incident showing the child begging, pleading and sobbing came to light.

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Orlando police officials said last year that department policy requires that an officer obtain approval from a watch commander before arresting anyone under the age of 12, which didn’t happen in Kaia’s case.

Officer Dennis Turner was fired as a result of the controversial arrest.

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An internal affairs investigation released Thursday shows that the sergeant on duty that day should have contacted a watch commander but never did, even as the transporting officer repeatedly expressed concern.

That sergeant never told the transporting officer not to proceed with the arrest, records show.

As a result of failing to follow department procedure, the sergeant was ordered to serve an eight-hour suspension, which he did by forfeiting personal time he had accrued.

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The transporting officer was not disciplined.

After Kaia’s arrest, Orlando police changed policy to require approval to be obtained by a deputy chief before arresting a juvenile younger than 12.

The charge against Kaia has since been dropped and her record has been expunged.


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