Saint Petersburg, Florida -- An attorney says he plans legal action against St. Petersburg police officers who handcuffed an unruly 5-year-old girl after she acted up in her kindergarten
A video camera was rolling March 14 as part of a classroom self-improvement exercise. The camera captured images of the girl tearing papers off a bulletin board, climbing on a table and punching an assistant principal before police were called to Fairmount Park Elementary.
Then it shows the child appearing to calm down before three officers approach, pin her arms behind her back and put on handcuffs as she screamed, 'No!'
Largo lawyer John Trevena let the news media see the tape this week after obtaining he got it from police.
The attorney says it's incomprehensible that the police officers would bend a child over a table and forcibly handcuff her.
St. Petersburg Times and Associated Press
Assistant Principal's Office Video