Miami police shot a black therapist with his autistic patient
Therapist Charles Kinsey was unarmed and on the ground with his hands in the air when he was shot in the leg while he was with his autistic patient.
The Miami, Florida native assured the police, repeatedly, that the patient didn't have a gun and wasn't dangerous, but was still shot in what people are seeing as a sign of police brutality against black people.
The entire incident was recorded on a cell phone video. (The video doesn't include the actual shooting.)
Kinsey is a behavioral therapist who was searching for his 23-year-old patient who had escaped from a nearby group home with his toy truck. Kinsey was trying to calm him down when the officer approached him:
“I was thinking as long as I have my hands up ... they’re not going to shoot me."
After being shot, he was handcuffed while the officers waited for medics to arrive.
North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene said they had received a report that a man with a gun was threatening to shoot himself and the officer mistook the patient's toy truck for a gun:
"[There are] many questions about what happened on Monday night. You have questions, the community has questions, we as a city and as a member of the police department, I personally have questions."
The officer might actually have been aiming for the patient, which is even worse.
Officer who shot #CharlesKinsey now claims he missed and was trying to shot the autistic man. Even worse.
— Arabs For Bernie (@ArabsForBernie) July 21, 2016
After weeks of the protests in Baton Rouge and Fresno over the shooting of black men by the police, people erupted on social media over this latest incident:
No criminal record, college educated, unarmed, wearing a polo shirt & jeans, hands up, and they still shot him. #CharlesKinsey
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) July 21, 2016
— Jordan Rice (@JordanLRice) July 21, 2016
— colton dunn (@captdope) July 21, 2016
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) July 21, 2016
Officer says he "thought" #CharlesKinsey was in danger. Doesn't explain why he handcuffed him after he shot him.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 21, 2016
Until police officers are routinely held accountable for shooting unarmed civilians, especially of color, it won't end. #CharlesKinsey
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) July 21, 2016
— X (@XLNB) July 21, 2016
— Justin Long (@justinlong) July 21, 2016
in all fairness to the cop that shot #CharlesKinsey, the toy truck the autistic boy was holding DID have a broken taillight
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) July 21, 2016
I thought you were in danger so I shot you on accident and cuffed you for your safety" --- THAT guy #charleskinsey
— R'asclat Al Ghul (@Felonious_munk) July 21, 2016
The case has been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Florida State Attorney's office will also conduct their own investigation.
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Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.