updated 4/29/2005 5:07:14 PM ET 2005-04-29T21:07:14

Black leaders are urging the police chief in St. Petersburg, Florida, to punish officers who handcuffed an unruly five-year-old girl last month.

A video of the incident was aired around the world, showing three white police officers handcuffing the black kindergartner at her school.

About two dozen black leaders met with Police Chief Charles Harmon yesterday. Harmon has said officers should never have been summoned to the school.

A classroom camera shows the girl tearing papers off a bulletin board and punching an assistant principal before police are called. The child then appears to calm down before officers arrive. They are seen pinning her arms behind her back and handcuffing her as she cries.

She was put in the back of a police car and later released without charges.

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