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03 Feb

Cops Hold 11-Year-Old Girl at Gunpoint

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Cops Hold 11-Year-Old Girl at Gunpoint Responding to Burglary Call at Her House

One officer allegedly pointed a gun at her. The other held her down with his knee.

By Janet Allon / AlterNet

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Florida police responded to a burglar alarm over the weekend by allegedly bursting into an 11-year-old girl’s bedroom, pointing a gun at her and asking her if she was the homeowner.

The girl was on her bed watching television in her Groveland, Florida home when the incident took place, as reported WFTV-TV.

She said one of the officers pushed her to the ground and held her there with his knee while the other officer pointed his gun at her.

“I was very scared and didn’t know what to do,” she said in an interview after the incident. She recounted that the officers then asked her if she was the homeowner. When she said “No,” they left her room to go to her father’s room down the hall. “Someone should get fired for doing something like this,” the girl’s father, Jean Guirand, told WFTV. “She was traumatized.”

Groveland police launched an internal investigation after the TV station called seeking comment. WFTV dug into the two officers’ files and found they had other disciplinary infractions. One, James Festa, was reportedly reprimanded for botching a child abuse investigation and suspended for sleeping on the job. The other, John Rigdon, was reportedly disciplined twice for filing false police reports. Both are three-year veterans of the police force.

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