• 'I was sick to my stomach': Officer fired after school arrests of 6-year-olds, police chief says

    By: Megan Cruz and Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

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    ORLANDO, Fla. -

    A school resource officer has been relieved of his duties following an investigation into the arrests of two 6-year-olds at an Orlando charter school.

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    School Resource Officer Dennis Turner was initially suspended before being terminated, according to Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón.

    "To be honest with you, I was sick to my stomach," Rolón told WFTV when asked what his initial thoughts were when hearing about the ages of the children arrested. "We could not fathom the idea of a 6-year-old being put in the back of a police car. To be honest, it's still shocking to us."

    A grandmother of one of the 6-year-olds told WFTV her granddaughter was arrested after she had a temper tantrum, during which she reportedly kicked a staff member.

    Orlando police said it stopped the Juvenile Assessment Center from fully processing the 6-year-old once it found out the school resource officer did not get his supervisor's approval before arresting her.

    Orlando Police Department policy states a supervisor must approve the arrest of anyone younger than 12 years old. 

    State Attorney Aramis Ayala said during a news conference Monday that the 6-year-old girl will not be charged for battery.

    It is not yet known why the other 6-year-old student was arrested.

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