Investigation underway after Miami police officers shoots unarmed man
MIAMI, FLORIDA (KUSI) — An investigation was underway Thursday after a unarmed black man was shot in the leg by a Miami North Police Officer.
Charles Kinsey — a behavioral therapist — was attempting to assist a 23-year-old autistic man who had wandered away from a group home.
According to CNN, police arrived on scene after they received a 911 call that someone was wandering around with a gun, threatening to commit suicide.
The "gun" turned out to be a toy truck owned by the autistic male, who’s identity has not been released.
When Kinsey saw police arriving on scene, he immediately laid down on his back with his hands in the air.
"As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not gonna shoot me, that’s what I’m thinking," Kinsey said in an interview with CNN affiliate WSVN-TV in Miami. "Wow, was I wrong."
Kinsey kept trying to communicate with the officers saying, "All he has is a toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home."
He said he tried to explain the situation to officers, then he asked his patient to be still and lie down.
"I was more worried about him than myself," Kinsey said.
After the officer shot Kinsey in the right leg, Kinsey asked, "I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’"
"He [the officer] said to me, ‘I don’t know.’ "
Kinsey told WSVN he was flipped over and handcuffed after the shooting. He stayed that way for about 20 minutes until an ambulance arrived on scene.
North Miami police Chief Gary Eugene said the officer who opened fire — who has not been identified — was placed on administrative leave. After the state agency completes their investigation, prosecutors will decide if they will press charges.
"I realize there may be questions about what happened on Monday night. You have questions. The community has questions. … I, personally, have questions. I assure you, we’ll get all the answers," the police chief told reporters Thursday.
According to CNN, Kinsey is in the hospital and will make a full recovery. Video before and after the shooting has been released, but footage of the actual shooting has not been released, said Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon II.
"The reality is that [Kinsey] believed … that if you comply with the police and you lay on the ground with your hands up, and if you speak to them like my client was speaking to them, as Americans, we try to believe that that will not result in you getting shot," Napoleon said.
— North Miami PD PIO (@nmpdnews) July 19, 2016