According to written statements made by the principal, the assistant principal and two school staff members in September 2019, the incident began at about 8:10 a.m. Kaia Rolle was screaming and pulling on a classroom door because she wanted to wear her sunglasses.
The assistant principal observed this and led Kaia to the office while the child was “kicking and screaming.”
“Kaia became aggressive hitting me with her hands in the chest and stomach area,” the assistant principal wrote in the statement. “I restrained her by holding her forearms.”
Meralyn Kirkland, the child’s grandmother, Kaia had been acting out because she was experiencing the side effects from sleep apnea, that the school was aware of the issues and that the family was working to get the issues resolved.
The school resource officer tried to “calm her but Kaia would not listen,” said a staff member.
“He tried to get her to sit down but she wouldn’t,” the principal’s statement said. Portions of the principal’s handwritten statement are hard to decipher. Like this one: “He told her that he would take her to ja__ if she didn’t stop misbehaving and hitting.”
The police body camera videos show two Orlando police officers arresting 6-year-old Kaia Rolle as she pleads with officers for a “second chance.”
警察随身携带的录像机记录的视频显示，6岁的Kaia Rolle恳求两名奥兰多警察“再给她一次机会” ，但还是被带走了。
“Help me,” Kaia says between sobs as her hands are restrained with a zip tie.
The Orlando Police Department apologized to the family and terminated one of the two police officers in the videos, shortly after reviewing the incident in September 2019. The second officer in the videos was “exonerated” after an “investigation revealed that he notified his supervisor multiple times about concerns with the arrest but was never given instruction not to proceed with the prisoner transport.”
And in a statement at the time Orlando Police said, “the arrest of any person under the age of 12 requires the approval of the Watch Commander, which was not obtained in this case.” The statement went on to say, “The 6-year-old was released from custody and returned to the school prior to being processed at the Juvenile Assessment Center.”