Disputes Roiled Arrest of Elementary Students

A report issued by Murfreesboro Police Thursday says multiple breakdowns in communications, bureaucratic bungling and failure to heed concerns of school officials marketed the arrests and handcuffing of 10 Hobgood Elementary School students ranging in age from 9-12. On Wednesday a Murfreesboro Police Major who was the senior officer approving the arrests and handcuffing was placed on administrative leave with pay as the investigations continues. The report says several officers argued over the arrests and one threatened to resign over the action. The children have been charged with failing to break up an off-campus fight. Police say the investigation continues and reforms will be made. State lawmakers and community leaders have slammed the harsh arrest and detention incident.

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