District of Columbia: An unarmed black man trying to help a patient with autism was shot and wounded by Florida police while lying on the ground with his arms raised in the air and pleading with officers to hold their fire.
Charles Kinsey was wounded in the leg in the incident Monday in Miami, which came as he was trying to help a disoriented autistic man who had wandered away from a group home where Kinsey works as a therapist.
Police said they were responding to an emergency call about a man with a gun walking around and threatening suicide.
Cell phone footage shows Kinsey on the ground with his arms in the air, with the heavy-set young autistic man sitting on the ground nearby playing with a small white toy.
In the video, Kinsey can be heard shouting to police: “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home.”
He was shot anyway. The video ends before that.
Kinsey was not seriously hurt.
The incident illustrates the edgy mood of US police and the nation in general after the police ambush in Dallas that left five officers dead and another similar incident Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that killed three.
Kinsey, 47, told Florida TV station WSVN-Channel 7 that as he lay on the ground he told police that he was unarmed.
“I am asking the officer, I said, `sir, please don`t shoot me. Please, do not shoot me.`”
Kinsey added: “It was like a mosquito bite, and when it hit me, I`m like, `I still got my hands in the air, and I said, `No I just got shot! And I`m saying, `Sir, why did you shoot me?` and his words to me, he said, `I don`t know.`”
The officer who opened fire has been placed on administrative leave for at least a week, the Miami Herald reported.
The investigation has been turned over to the Miami-Dade state attorney`s office, it added.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Sign me up for the newsletter!
Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email.
HELO AND INDIA FILM PROJECT COME TOGETHER TO PROMOTE BUDDING FILMMAKERS THROUGH IFP’s CAMPUS CONNECT SEASON 2
Significant stress expected on mall operators’ cash flows in the near term; marginal impact on office space players: ICRA
Godrej Protekt commits 1 million handwashes for free distribution and reduces hand sanitizer price by 66% under #ProtektIndiaMovement
Dr Niranjan Hiranandani – President – ASSOCHAM and NAREDCO Shared his Perspective on the announcement made by the Finance Minister on the Regulatory Relaxations
New Journey, New Knowledge: 5 Ways To Keep Kids Learning While Traveling
2014 The Global Indian New Network (TGINN)