A black therapist from Miami, Florida, Charles Kinsey, was just doing his job – trying to calm one of his autistic patients down when cops shot him. Luckily, he lived to tell about it. He was both unarmed and had his hands raised in the air (To show officers that he did not have a weapon). Since when does doing the right thing, now turn into the wrong thing?
The moments before the shooting were recorded on cellphone video and show Charles Kinsey lying on the ground with his arms raised, talking to his patient and police throughout the standoff with officers, who appeared to have them surrounded.
“As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not going to shoot me. This is what I’m thinking. They’re not going to shoot me,” he told WSVN-TV from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg. “Wow, was I wrong.”
The shooting comes amid weeks of violence involving police. Five officers were killed in Dallas two weeks ago and three law enforcement officers were gunned down Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before those shootings, a black man, Alton Sterling, 37, was fatally shot during a scuffle with two white officers at a convenience store. In Minnesota, 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was also black, was shot to death during a traffic stop. Cellphone videos captured Sterling’s killing and aftermath of Castile’s shooting, prompting nationwide protests over the treatment of blacks by police.
At a news conference Thursday, North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene said the investigation had been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the local state attorney. He called it a “very sensitive matter” and promised a transparent investigation, but he refused to identify the officer or answer reporters’ questions. Eugene, a Haitian-American with 30 years of South Florida police experience, just became chief last week. Source
To say that it is getting real in the field out here would be putting it lightly. The war ensues against innocent, unarmed black men, and ‘casualties of war’ police officers who are losing their lives, because of the actions of some either cowardly or unethical police officers who make up a percentage of cops who are killing or shooting for no apparent reason.
Shame on the Miami police department for trying to spin the story to fit their agenda. Now officers are trained to shoot innocent autistic people, too?
It seems like you cannot teach heart. A lot of these officers seem to react out of fear, and while some may say that this is understandable considering what has been happening with cops lately, it is the cops that have been doing this long before the shootings of their fellow peers have taken place, who have caused such a ripple effect.
Get well, Mr. Kinsey – we sincerely hope you sue the brakes off of these cowards!