Key Florida House committee passes ‘Kaia Rolle Act’ to prevent young children from being arrested


TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – The Florida House Judiciary Committee on Thursday proposed a police training bill that includes a provision preventing the arrest of children 7 and under.

This provision is called the “Kaia Rolle Law”, named after a 6-year-old girl who was arrested at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy in Orlando in 2019.

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Charges against the girl were subsequently dropped and the officer who arrested her was fired from the Orlando Police Department. The body camera video, showing the girl in zip ties and placed in the back of a cruiser, sparked outrage in the community.

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“It is distressing. I know Kaia Rolle has been through a lot since this incident, but we are trying to correct this problem and it is a good time, ”said Senator Randolph Bracy.

The Kaia Rolle Act had already been introduced during last year’s legislative session by Senator Bracy, but the bill died in the Criminal Justice Committee. This version would have prevented the arrest of children aged 10 and under.

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The new version is part of a much larger police reform bill. The bill would set new standards for hiring law enforcement. The legislation would also set new standards for training practices, particularly with regard to the use of force by officers and de-escalation techniques. This includes the duty of officers to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force.

The bill then sets standards for use of force investigations and would also create a use of force database by each law enforcement agency on a quarterly basis.

The legislation received unanimous support from the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

He now travels to the plenary chamber for a vote and he must clear the Florida Senate before reaching the governor’s office.

“It’s really about time,” Bracy said. “We were waiting for the house to partner with the Senate and it finally happened. I have no doubts that the bill will soon pass the House and the Senate.

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The legislative session is scheduled to end on April 30.

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