Police commander placed on leave following elementary school children arrests

Police commander placed on leave following elementary school children arrests

May 6th, 2016 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

In this April 22, 2016 photo, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Police Chief Karl Durr is interviewed in Nashville, Tenn. Durr has offered an apology after his officers handcuffed and arrested several elementary school students April 15. The apology came after angry parents demanded action during a community meeting at a church after the arrests occurred at an elementary school and other locations. Some students were handcuffed, but it was unclear how many. (Samuel M. Simpkins/The Tennessean via AP)

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A police commander in Tennessee has been placed on administrative leave as a new report raises questions about the chain of events that led to several elementary school children being handcuffed and arrested.

An internal review report released by the Murfreesboro Police Department Thursday says school resource officers raised concerns about the plan to arrest the children between the age of 9 and 12 at Hobgood Elementary School on April 15, but the schoolchildren were taken into custody anyway. The report addressed the arrests of four children at the school. But a Murfreesboro police spokesman said six other children also were named in a juvenile court petition.

Records show that the children were charged with "criminal responsibility for conduct of another," after allegedly witnessing a fight and not intervening.