African American Therapist shot by Police in Miami helping a patient

 A young African American caregiver was lying in the street trying to assist an autism patient, was ”accidental” shot, according to the local police union representing the North Miami officer.

The intention of the officer was to shoot the patient, where in his mind was a threat, but accidentally shot the caregiver instead, said John Rivera, the President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist, was shot Monday by police — an incident which has incited extreme anger by the community. A video released by Kinsey’s attorney showed his client lying on the ground holding both hands in the air, next to a  the 23-year-old man with autism he was trying to care and assist.
Rivera offered an explanation Thursday, saying that the police officer opened fire because he thought the white individual, whom they later learned is a man with autism, was going to harm Kinsey but accidentally shot the African American care giver .
A lone protester stood outside the North Miami police department following a press conference about the shooting. Reuters: Zachary Fagenson

A lone protester stood outside the North Miami police department following a press conference about the shooting.
Reuters: Zachary Fagenson

Charles Kinsey’s, the caregiver, leg was injured in the incident that took place on Monday in Miami, which happened when he tried to help an autistic man who had strayed away from a group home where Mr Kinsey works as a behavioural therapist.

Police said they were responding to an emergency call about a man with a gun walking around and threatening suicide.

John Rivera, the President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Associationsaid, “This wasn’t a mistake in the sense that the officer shot the wrong guy or he thought that Kinsey was the bad guy,” he said in a press conference Thursday.
“The movement of the white individual made it look like he was going to discharge a fire arm into Mr. Kinsey and the officer discharged trying to strike and stop the white man and unfortunately, he missed the white male and shot Mr. Kinsey by accident.”
Rivera said that the video footage of the incident was “being portrayed poorly.”
Kinsey is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his right leg after two or three shots were fired, according to his attorney.
“Mr. Kinsey did everything right, let’s be real clear about that,” Rivera said. He said that the police officer involved in the shooting “wishes nothing but the best for Mr. Kinsey and the officer is praying for his speedy recovery as are we.”
So The man shot did do everything right.He gave a clear explanation of the situation, and kept his hand up. Even though police officer got a call for the autistic patient who they saw as a threat and got a call that he is armed and suicidal,Mr.Kinsey is the one who got shot and hurt and didn’t get help till after about 20min.



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