Miami police shoot black man with his hands up trying to help autistic patient

Florida police say they are investigatingthe shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officeras he lay on the ground with his hands in the air.

Police in South Florida shot an unarmed black caretaker as he tried to help his autistic patient on Thursday local time.

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An autistic man's carer was shot by a Florida police officer following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself.

Charles Kinsey was trying to retrieve a young autistic man who had wandered away from an assisted living facility and was blocking traffic when Kinsey was shot by a North Miami police officer.

In mobilephone footage of the incident, Kinsey can be seen lying on the ground with his hands in the air, trying to calm the autistic man and defuse the situation seconds before he is shot.

"All he has is a toy truck in his hand," Kinsey can be heard saying in the video as police officers with assault rifles hide behind telephone poles approximately nine metres away.

"That's all it is," the caretaker says. "There is no need for guns."

Seconds later, off camera, one of the officers fired his weapon three times.

A bullet tore through Kinsey's right leg.

Charles Kinsey and the young autistic man moments before the police fired. Charles Kinsey and the young autistic man moments before the police fired. Photo: Courtesy Hilton Napoleon/Washington Post

North Miami's police chief Gary Eugene said an investigation was underway butoffered few details about the incident. He said officers responded to the scene with the threat of a gun in mind, but no gun was recovered.

"There are many questions about what happened on Monday night," he said. "I assure you we will get all the answers."

Charles Kinsey explains in an interview from his hospital bed in Miami what happened when he was shot by police. Charles Kinsey explains in an interview from his hospital bed in Miami what happened when he was shot by police.Photo: WSVN via AP

Eugene said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would lead the investigation at his request. The agency will not comment on the shooting, spokeswoman Molly Best said.

Kinsey said he was stunned by the shooting.

"I was thinking as long as I have my hands up ... they're not going to shoot me," he told local television station WSVN from his hospital bed.

"Wow, was I wrong."

Kinsey said he was even more stunned by what happened afterwards, when police handcuffed him and left him bleeding on the pavement for "about 20 minutes".

His attorney called the video "shocking".



"There is no reason to fire your weapon at a man who has hands up and is trying to help," Hilton Napoleon said.

Napoleon called for the department to fire the officer. "From my understanding, I believe he is a white male," he said.

North Miami has not identified the officer or his race. The department said it is investigating the incident, which reportedly came after officers responded to a 911 call "of an armed male suspect threatening suicide".

"Arriving officers attempted to negotiate with two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from autism," police said in a statement. "At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking the employee of the [assisted living facility]."

Police did not respond to multiple requests for comment. According to their statement, the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard policy in police-involved shootings.

Authorities have not said why the officer opened fire on an unarmed man with his hands prominently in the air.

The shooting comes at a tense time for both police and civilians.

Police across the country are currently on alert after lone gunmen ambushed officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, killing eight.

At the same time, police are also under scrutiny after the fatal shootings of two black men earlier this month. Bystanders filmed Baton Rouge police fatally shooting Alton Sterling in the early hours of July 5. Two days later, Philando Castile was fatally shot by a cop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. His girlfriend streamed the aftermath on Facebook Live.

Like those two incidents, the Miami altercation was partially captured on camera.

Before the cameras started rolling, the young autistic man wandered away from a North Miami assisted living facility. A manager at the facility told WSVN that the man was "about 23 years old, he's autistic, he's non-verbal [and] he's relatively low-functioning".



The autistic man sat on the ground, blocking traffic, while he played with a small white toy truck, Napoleon said.

Kinsey, an employee at the facility, went to retrieve him.

Around the same time, someone in the area called 911 and reported seeing a man with a gun threatening to commit suicide, police said.

According to Napoleon, Kinsey was trying to persuade the autistic man to get out of the street when police approached with their rifles raised.

With the Sterling and Castile shootings on his mind, Kinsey laid down on the ground and put his hands up in the air.

"I was really more worried about him than myself," Kinsey told WSVN, referring to the autistic man.

Two bystander videos capture snippets of what happened next.

A video from before the shooting - obtained by Napoleon and shared with The Washington Post - begins with bystanders saying "Look, look, look," in Spanish.

"Mira, mira, mira," a man can be heard saying, training his mobile phone camera on Kinsey, who is on the ground with hands up and trying to get the autistic man to do the same.

"Lay down on your stomach," Kinsey tells the young man.

"Shut up," the autistic man shouts. "Shut up you idiot."

Kinsey turns his attention to the police.

"Can I get up now?" he asks. "Can I get up?"

As police aim their assault rifles at the men in the street, Kinsey tries to explain to them that they pose no threat.

"All he has is a toy truck in his hand. A toy truck," Kinsey can be heard saying in the video. "I am a behavioural therapist at a group home.

"That's all it is," he says, referring to the toy truck. "That's all it is. There is no need for guns."

"Let me see your hands," a cop can be heard shouting at the autistic man. "Get on the ground. Get on the ground."

The autistic man then begins to make noises, apparently playing with his toy.

"Rinaldo, please be still," Kinsey tells his patient. "Sit down, Rinaldo. Lay on your stomach."

The video then cuts out.

Seconds later, one of the officers fired his weapon three times. One of the bullets struck Kinsey near his right knee, exiting his upper thigh.

"My life flashed in front of me," he told WSVN, adding that his first thought was of his family.



His second thought was one of confusion.

"When he shot me, it was so surprising," he said. "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!'"

"Sir, why did you shoot me?" Kinsey recalled asking the officer.

"He said, 'I don't know'."

A second video captures the moments after the shooting, as officers placed the injured Kinsey and the autistic man into handcuffs.

"He was like 'Please don't shoot me'," a bystander can be heard saying on the video. "Why they shot the black boy and not the fat boy?"

"Because the things with the blacks," another man says.

"I don't know who's guilty," adds what sounds like a woman's voice.

It was the officers' reaction after the shooting that upset Kinsey and Napoleon the most.

"They flipped me over, and I'm faced down in the ground, with cuffs on, waiting on the rescue squad to come," Kinsey told WSVN. "I'd say about 20, about 20 minutes it took the rescue squad to get there. And I was like, bleeding - I mean bleeding and I was like, 'Wow'."

"Right now, I am just grateful that he is alive, and he is able to tell his story," his wife, Joyce, told the TV station.

Kinsey was "dumbfounded" by the shooting, Napoleon said.

"He should recover physically but he is really kind of mentally distraught," the attorney added. "As you can see in the video, he did everything he thought he had to do and then some ... and still got shot."



Napoleon said his client was on the ground with his hands up, as in the video, when shot.

"Nobody got up or approached" the officers, the attorney said, adding that the fact the officer fired three times shows it was "not an accident".

"The straw that really breaks the camel's back, that makes it even more frustrating, is that after my client was shot, they handcuffed him and left him on the hot Miami summer pavement for 20 minutes while fire rescue came and while he was bleeding out," Napoleon said. "But for the grace of god he wouldn't be with us."

"That toy truck does not come close to looking like a gun," he said. "The officers made more than enough time to look and make a determination and not just base it on what they heard on the telephone. They have an obligation to go and look and determine if [reports of an armed man were] right and they had ample opportunity to do so."

Napoleon said he knew better than most the dangers cops endured on a daily basis.

"You're talking to someone who's dad was a police officer in the city of Detroit in the 70s and 80s," he said. "I understand it. I had a fear when I was a child of whether or not my father was going to come home.

"But at the end of the day, we can't use that as an excuse to allow police officers to shoot unarmed individuals," he said. "Just like the police ask the community to not judge them based ... however many bad apples that are out there, in the same sense, they have to be able to hold themselves to the same standard and not hold the entire [black] community responsible for the incidents that happened in Dallas and Baton Rouge."

Napoleon said he was already in negotiations with the City of North Miami regarding a possible settlement.

"I have confidence that the city is going to negotiate in good faith and try to resolve this issue," he said. "At a minimum, we would request that they terminate the officer immediately based on what's in the video."

The attorney said he trusted the State Attorney's Office, which is also investigating, to determine if criminal charges should be filed against the officer.

Napoleon said Kinsey, a father of five, is involved in community efforts to keep youth out of trouble and in school.

"He's just a solid guy," he said of his client, who remains hospitalised. "It takes a special individual to work with people with special needs, as this young man did. That shows his character."

Washington Post, Reuters

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