Charles Kinsey was doing his job when North Miami police arrived to the scene after receiving a call that an armed man was sitting in the middle of a road threatening suicide. In reality, the autistic man had wandered from a mental health center where Kinsey worked and only had a toy truck.
Kinsey followed officers’ orders to lie down on his back with his hands raised but was still shot once in the leg, while the officer fired three times, before being turned over and cuffed, according to the Miami Herald.
A cellphone video has now been released by WSVN that shows Kinsey on the ground pleading to officers before the shooting.
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“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!” Kinsey told the news station. “And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’”
Fortunately, Kinsey is still alive and appears to be in relatively good condition; he’s expected to be able to go home sometime Thursday. But his life being put at risk for no clear reason will likely add to the tension between the black community and police departments.
“They realize this was something inappropriate regarding the shooting,” he said. “If police departments come out more and admit fault, that would probably go a long way,” said Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, regarding the reaction to the shooting.
The officer who discharged their weapon has been placed on administrative leave while no word has been said on whether or not charges will be filed. Kinsey’s attorney said that he’s already negotiating a settlement for his client.
Photo Credit: WSVN Screenshot