A former Florida officer has been fired after handcuffing and arresting a six-year-old.

Dennis Turner was working as a school resource officer at an Orlando charter school when he responded to a six-year-old having a tantrum.

In response, Turner handcuffed the child using a zip tie, and placed the child in the back of a police car. He then went on to do the same to another child who was also having a tantrum.

The children were charged with misdemeanour battery and driven to a juvenile detention facility where they were fingerprinted and photographed.

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Turner was immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Police chief Orlando Rolón confirmed that Turner had been fired, stating: “It was clear today when I came into work that basically there was no other remedy but to terminate this officer.”

Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala said there was no intention to prosecute the children and asked for the charges to be dropped.

She added, “These very young children are to be protected, nurtured, and disciplined in a manner that does not rely on the criminal justice system to do it. Systems are not designed to raise our children.”

Turner also failed to obtain the approval of a commanding officer before making the unnecessary arrests, which is a requirement for children under the age of 12.

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