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Orlando officer fired after arresting elementary school students

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State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. She confirmed that her office would not prosecute two 6-year-old students who were arrested by an Orlando police officer last week.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A police officer who arrested two 6-year-old students at a Florida elementary school last week has been fired.

Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolon announced Officer Dennis Turner’s termination Monday afternoon. He says he reminded other officers of department policy that prohibits arrests of children under 12 without a manager’s approval.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala, head prosecutor of Orange and Osceola counties, said earlier Monday she was dismissing misdemeanor battery charges against both children. Officials didn’t say what prompted the arrests.

The girl’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, told WKMG News 6 in Orlando the girl wasn’t sleeping well because of a medical condition and kicked a staff member Thursday at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy. She says a school resource officer handcuffed the girl and took her to a juvenile detention center.

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