It’s a case of the ‘worst possible’ altercation taking place at the ‘worst possible’ time in North Miami, Florida. This was the last thing our country needed… but it happened.
An unarmed African-American therapist was shot by police, even though he was laying on his back with his arms raised and hands open. Worse still, the man, one Charles Kinsey, was simply a bystander to the police call attempting to calm his upset autistic patient.
Police got a call that a man was wandering the street with a gun threatening to kill himself, but the reality was that it was an autistic man with his toy truck, and Mr. Kinsey was simply trying to soothe his upset patient. When police arrived the autistic man was sitting in the street playing with his truck, Mr. Kinsey quickly laid down, raised his hands in the air and explained to officers what was happening.
“When I went to the ground, I went to the ground with my hands up, and I am laying there just like this. Telling them again there is no need for firearms. He is autistic. He has a toy truck in his hand.”
What happened next shocked Mr. Kinsey and has his community in an uproar. While Mr. Kinsey lay on the ground trying to calm his patient, one of the police officers shot him! Not once, not twice… but THREE TIMES. “I’m like this right here, and when he shot me, it was so surprising and 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! And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’”
Mr. Kinsey’s attorney displayed an appropriate amount of outrage when speaking with the media on Wednesday.
Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, told Local 10 News that the officer gave no reason for the shooting.
“My client asked the police, ‘Why did he shoot me?’ And the officer said, ‘I don’t know,'” Napoleon said.
Kinsey’s lawyer said his client did everything police asked of him, yet they still fired at him.
“He threw his hands in the air as high as he possibly could and he told them, ‘There is no need for that. Nobody has a gun. I am a behavioral therapist and I am trying to help this guy,'” Napoleon said.
Local police are staying mum about the incident, but they have told local media that the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, and the State Attorney’s Office is now involved in the case.