Florida officer investigated after arrest of 6-year-old, 8-year-old

Crime & Safety

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – A Florida police officer’s arrest of a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old in unrelated incidents Thursday has prompted an internal investigation.

Officials with the Orlando Police Department said Officer Dennis Turner was working as a School Resource Officer when he made the arrests.

Officials said the arrest of any person under the age of 12 requires the approval of a watch commander, which Turner did not obtain.

The 8-year-old was processed at the Juvenile Assessment Center and then released to family. The 6-year-old was released and returned to school before he was processed.

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