Police chief apologizes for arrest of 10 children
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee police chief has offered an apology after his officers arrested 10 elementary school students.
Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr told The Tennessean he’s “so sorry this incident happened” and that he thinks it could have been avoided.
The comments to the newspaper came after angry parents demanded action during a community meeting at a church after the arrests occurred at Hobgood Elementary School and other locations on April 15. Some students were handcuffed, but it was unclear how many.
Durr reiterated that an internal review of the incident is ongoing. He said the department would also review its handcuffing policy, which currently says officers should “take into consideration” whether to handcuff children under 12.
Durr said the arrests were connected to a bullying and assault incident. The newspaper reports there are no plans to dismiss the charges.
Video of the incident that led the the arrests was uploaded to Youtube and can be seen below. The video was shot on a cell phone using an app that changes the color of the video.