Charges to be dropped against kids handcuffed in Murfreesboro

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Charges against three children arrested in Murfreesboro, two of whom were handcuffed, will soon be dismissed.

The situation quickly made national headlines and spurred concern in Murfreesboro due to the children’s ages. They were all between 9 and 12 years old.

District Attorney General Jennings Jones in Rutherford County told News 2 on Wednesday, “We intend to dismiss the charges against the children.”

When asked why, all he would say was, “In the interest of justice, the state will be dismissing the charges against the children.”

The two boys throwing punches, who were 6 years old, were not charged due to their age, but three of the children who allegedly witnessed the fight were accused of not stepping in to stop it.

They were charged with criminal responsibility for the conduct of another.

The incident also sparked the relatively new police chief, Karl Durr, to launch an internal investigation, which is being aided by the Metro Nashville Police Department. The chief also apologized for the arrests in April.

An After Action Review Committee was also formed to examine the incident and make recommendations to the police department. They released their findings earlier this month, pointing out 11 “areas of concern/opportunities for improvement.”Click here to read more on the child arrests in Murfreesboro.

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