The video shows 6-year-old Kaia, confused and crying for help as she’s led away with her hands zip-tied behind her back with makeshift handcuffs from school grounds.
See the arrest and aftermath below:
Kaia bawls as one of the officers, Officer Dennis Turner, asks the other officer to zip-tie her and take her to Orange County’s Juvenile Detention Center.
As one of the officers tightens the makeshift children’s handcuffs, she cries out “No! No! Don’t put handcuffs on (me). Help me! Help me!”
Turner’s bodycam footage shows him follow the other officer as he leads Kaia to the back of the patrol car. Then, since she is unable to step up and into the SUV on her own, he lifts her up.
“Please! Please! Please let me go!” Kaia screams in the bodycam footage. “No! Help me! Help me!”
One school official asks in the video if the restraints were necessary.
“Yes, and if she was bigger, she’d be wearing regular handcuffs,” Turner replies in the video.
Turner then tells school officials he’s arrested 6,000 people in his career and the youngest, before Kaia, was 7 years old.
“She broke the record,” he says.
Turner then arrested another 6-year-old at the same school. He was fired for both arrests for violating department policy requiring a supervisor’s approval to arrest anyone under 12.
Kaia’s grandmother is now pushing to change state law concerning arrests of children for misdemeanors.