Girl, 6, begs for help as she is arrested by Orlando police and has wrists zip-tied
A six-year-old girl was filmed begging for help as she was arrested by Orlando police and had her wrists zip-tied.
The incident took place in September when Kaia Rolle, six, was arrested for battery after she was reported for throwing a tantrum and kicking a teacher. After being successfully apprehended, she was transported by police to a juvenile center.Watch the shocking footage below:
In the bodycam footage, Kaia can be heard asking an officer with zip ties: "What are those for?" and police officer Dennis Turner responds: "They're for you."
The ties are then put onto the six-year-old's hands by a second, unidentified officer, and she bursts into tears.
Kaia then begs the officers not to harm her and cries: "Help me. Help me, please!" Then, as she is directed to the police car, she says: "I don't want to go in a police car."
In response to this, the second police officer says: "You don't want to? You have to." The six-year-old then pleads: "Please, give me a second chance."
Turner was later fired for failing to get the permission of a watch commander to arrest a minor below the age of 12.This black man was arrested by a white cop for eating a sandwich on a train platform:
The footage shows the child being lifted into the back seat of the police car. A belt is put around her before the officer returns to the school to talk to administrators, who are visibly dismayed by what has happened.
Turner explains to them that the juvenile detention center is "not like you think". He adds that he has made more than 6,000 arrests, one of which was of a seven-year-old.
Employees at the school then tell Turner that Kaia is six, not eight like he had thought, and in response, he says: "Now she has broken the record."
The six-year-old's grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, has since spoken out in her defense, explaining that Kaia's violent temper is a side effect of a medical condition that causes an individual's breathing to start and stop when they sleep - sleep apnoea.
Those with the condition are often tired and irritable during the day and suffer from headaches and mood swings.
Kaia's mugshot and fingerprints were taken before she was released.
Per the Mirror, Meralyn told WKMG: "How do you do that to a six-year-old child and because she kicked somebody? A literal mugshot of a six-year-old girl."
An internal investigation has now been launched into the incident, per the Metro.