North Miami Cop who Shot Unarmed Caretaker was "Officer of the Month"

by Jared Lewis July 24, 2016, 8:30

The shooting sparked outrage across the country after cell phone video surfaced showing Kinsey lying on his back with his arms in the air before he was shot.

When officers arrived they found the 23-year-old man, who has autism, and his therapist, Charles Kinsey.

A union official has said the officer was aiming for the autistic man because he thought he was a threat, but the officer missed and hit the therapist. The video depicts a man lying with his back faced to the ground, his hands up in the air, while there was another man sitting near him cross-legged.

North Miami has named the police officer who shot an unarmed black man on Monday.

The cellphone video goes on to show at least two officers taking up positions behind a light pole with their guns drawn.

Kinsey said the officer who shot him seemed confused.

Rivera also read a brief statement from the officer who shot Kinsey, pleading his case. The shooting drew national attention because much of what happened before the shooting was captured on video. The 911 callers said he had a gun pointed at his head. What he couldn't explain was how after the shooting, officers placed Kinsey in facedown in handcuffs for 20 minutes while he bled. "As long as I've got my hands up, they're not gonna shoot me, that's what I was thinking", Kinsey said. "So many of our police officers come from the community (and) live in the community". "They want to resolve it relatively fast and in a manner of good faith".

According to the North Miami police, the SWAT officer fired his weapon after he heard over his radio that the autistic man was loading a gun.

Rick Blanding, a black 28-year-old window cleaner in Detroit, said he follows orders whenever confronted by police. Aledda was cleared by internal affairs investigators who said he used reasonable force given the information he had.

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida released a statement saying Kinsey could have easily been yet another unarmed man fatally shot by police.

During a Thursday news conference, Rivera, said the officer believed Kinsey's patient was armed, and the officer was trying to shoot the patient in an attempt to save Kinsey's life. He asked his patient to be still and lie down.

The video does not show the moment of the shooting.

"I was more anxious about him than myself", Kinsey told WSVN.

"As your mayor of this great city of North Miami, I assure you that we will go wherever the truth takes us and any necessary decisions will be taken by the proper authorities. Wow, was I wrong", he told a television station. When that probe finishes, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the state attorney for Miami-Dade County, said her office will carry out its own investigation to determine whether the shooting was a criminal act.

Advocates for autistic people hope this week's police shooting that involved an autistic man will lead to more training for officers so they can learn how to diffuse such situations. Kinsey also is black.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing its investigation of the shooting. "Because I have nothing bad to say about an officer.I am married to one". But in the footage, which has circulated widely on social media, Kinsey can be heard trying to calm both his patient and the officers.

Like Becerra's son, he said people with autism often flap their hands when upset or repeat words that have been spoken to them.

A US congresswoman whose district includes North Miami told reporters she was shocked by Kinsey's shooting.

"I realize there are many questions about what happened Monday night", Eugene said. "Something's not right with this picture", she said.

Wilson described the city as a "melting pot". It is not required in North Miami.


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