Charles Kinsey, an unarmed therapist in North Miami, Florida, was allegedly trying to calm down an autistic patient of his when he was shot in the leg. Details of the incident are still incoming, but it appears as though police responded to a call of a man in the streets with a gun. In fact, it was an autistic man with a toy truck who had run away from his group home. Mr. Kinsey was trying to calm down this man named Rinaldo when police arrived at the scene.
Police fired at Kinsey three times, despite his pleas to “not shoot,” and hit him once in the leg.
Who Is Charles Kinsey?
Charles Kinsey is a therapist who works for the MacTown Panther Group Homes, an assisted living home, in North Miami. He previously worked for a private school in Miami.
According to Charles Kinsey, Kinsey was in the streets of North Miami trying to help an autistic patient named Rinaldo when someone called 911 and reported that a man had a gun. North Miami Police go further saying that Rinaldo was walking the streets and threatening suicide. In fact, Kinsey says, the gun was really just a toy truck.
A bystander recorded cellphone video of the scene, in which you can clearly hear Kinsey pleading to the police who responded to the call that ‘All he has is a toy truck — a toy truck” and that “I am a behavior therapist at a group home.” You can see Charles clearly lying on the ground with his hands up. In fact, Charles said that he was more concerned about Rinaldo, who refused to lie down or listen to Charles, than he was about himself.
“I was really more worried about him than myself. Because as long as I got my hands up, they’re not going to shoot me. This is what I’m thinking. Wow, was I wrong.”
Kinsey claims that the bullet felt like a mosquito bite, and that he was in disbelief that he was shot by police. He says that he asked the officer why he shot and that the police officer responded, “I don’t know.”
Reaction To The Shooting
Charles Kinsey is a member of a group called the Circle of Brotherhood, and at 6 P.M. they stood outside the North Miami PD and requested police answer some questions about what happened. They also asked about what would happen to the officer who shot Kinsey.
Charles Kinsey’s lawyer, Hilton Napoleon, said that they are in talks with North Miami officials about a settlement.
“They realize this was something inappropriate regarding the shooting,’ Napoleon told the Miami Herald. “If police departments come out more and admit fault, that would probably go a long way.”
If Napoleon can’t lock down at least a hundred thousand for Kinsey then he should be disbarred. To us, this is an open and shut.
“It was scary at first when I first heard about it. I was hysterical, but right now he is doing good,” Lashawn Young, Kinsey’s ex-wife, said.