Miami Police shoot another unarmed black man

Jul 21, 2016

The video shows a (large black) man lying on his back in the street, holding his hands in the air. "All he has is a toy truck," the man shouts, worried that the police may harm his autistic (white male) patient who had run away from the group. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home." Inexplicably, the caregiver is shot in the leg by police as he lays on the pavement with his patient sitting at his feet (like a protective puppy).

"Sir, why did you shoot me?" Charles Kinsey says he asked the officer as he lay on his back with his hands in the air. The reply, according to the victim, was "I don't know." 

A large black man, Charles is a behavioural therapist in Miami who works with challenged teens. He had been chasing an autistic patient who had run away from the group. Police received a 9-11 call about an armed man and possible suicide. When police arrived on scene, they directed Kinsey to lay down, and he complied. The video clearly shows a calm man laying on his back with his hands in the air, and the audio indicates he was very concerned the police might shoot his patient. He tells the officers that the young man only has a toy truck, that neither of them are armed, that he works at a nearby group home, and that the young man is autistic.

The actual shot by the police officer was not caught on the video that has apparently gone viral.

In hospital later, the victim tells reporters that he was shocked that he had been shot himself. "As long as I've got my hands up, they're not gonna shoot me, that's what I'm thinking," Kinsey said. "Wow, was I wrong."

The incident took place on July 18 at approximately 5pm. The community wants answers. An investigation is underway. Police are asking for additional witnesses.