Police chief apologizes after officers arrest 10 elementary school students

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)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee police chief has offered an apology after his officers handcuffed and 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 on April 15.

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.

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