A video surfaced on Wednesday showing an unarmed black man lying on the ground with his hands raised, begging police not to shoot him. Well, they shot him.
Charles Kinsey is a caregiver and was assisting a man with autism. He desperately tried to explain to the trigger happy cop that the autistic man was his patient, but to no avail. Without any provocation, the officer fired his weapon and shot the innocent man.
I thought it was a mosquito bite, and when it hit me I had my hands in the air, and I’m thinking I just got shot!” Kinsey told WSVN. “And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’
According to North Miami Police, officers were dispatched when they received a 911 call on Monday about a man threatening suicide with a gun.
Arriving officers attempted to negotiate with two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from autism,” said a statement issued by the police department. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking the employee.
Police later claimed that the autistic man Kinsey was working with had something in his hand. You can hear Kinsey identify that object as a toy truck in the video and it was clearly visible to police. Kinsey said that he was more concerned about his patient than himself and that it never crossed his mind that they might actually shoot him.
I was really more worried about him than myself. I was thinking as long as I have my hands up … they’re not going to shoot me. This is what I’m thinking, they’re not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong.
After police shot Kinsey while he was on the ground with his hands up, they placed him in handcuffs rather than offer any medical assistance while he waited for an ambulance for almost a half hour.
They flipped me over, and I’m faced down in the ground, with cuffs on, waiting on the rescue squad to come. I’d say about 20, about 20 minutes it took the rescue squad to get there. And I was like, bleeding — I mean bleeding and I was like, ‘Wow.’
Speaking from his hospital bed, Kinsey said he is just grateful that he was not killed but he still has no idea why the officer shot him.
Right now, I am just grateful that he is alive, and he is able to tell his story.
Hilton Napoleon, Kinsey’s attorney, is outraged.
There’s no justification for shooting an unarmed person who’s talking to you and telling you that they don’t have a gun, and that they’re a mental health counselor,” Napoleon said.
The officer who shot Kinney has been
given a paid vacation placed on administrative leave. His name has not been released and so far he is not facing any charges for shooting an innocent unarmed man for absolutely no reason, but the State Attorney is now involved in the investigation.
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