In July 2016, Charles Kinsey was shot by a North Miami police officer while laying on the ground with his hands raised. The officer who shot him claimed that he couldn’t tell if the autistic patient Kinsey was sitting next to was armed or simply holding a toy truck, which was the case.
The audio is reportedly a recording of North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene’s interview with Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigators. In this conversation, Eugene points out some of the glaring issues with the department he was only sworn in to lead less than a week before Kisney was shot.
“I heard the shooter, Officer Aledda, make a statement to the nature of ‘Be advised, I have clear shot [of] subject,'” Eugene said when recalling the police radio chatter. “Later on, a sergeant… got on the air and said, ‘I have a visual; it is a toy. Is it a toy? QRX.’ That means ‘Stand by; don’t do anything.’ Then there is a conversation back and forth. The next transmission was by [another officer saying] ‘Shot fired!’
Longterm Issues in North Miami Police Department
According to Eugene, the problems in the North Miami police department run deep, citing a growing animosity and infighting between officers and a clear lack of training and experience.
“The scene was a mess, to be honest with you,” continued. “People were walking all over the place. Thank God [Kinsey] did not die. I realized I have a problem with the training of my staff. We’re talking about some 15- or 16-year veterans, but in North Miami, a 15- or 16-year veteran may have less experience than a two-year cop in Miami.”
Eugene’s interview offers some perspective into just how chaotic police departments can be behind closed doors. Yet, many of these same officers are placed on a pedestal and not held accountable when they make mistakes.
To date, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hasn’t filed charges against anyone involved, despite the highly circulated cell phone video of Kinsey being shot while lying on the ground.