Police Officer Charged For Shooting Unarmed Black Man
A North Miami police officer is now facing charges Wednesday in the shooting of an unarmed black man last July.
According to CNN, police responded to reports of a possibly suicidal man with a gun in his hand.
Caretaker Charles Kinsey arrived at the scene and was ordered to the ground by police. With his hands in the air, he told police that the man was his autistic patient and only had a toy truck in his hand.
An earlier video report captures the scene:
Kinsey was then shot and injured by officer Jonathon Alleda.
As he was bleeding and being handcuffed, Kinsey asked Alleda why he had shot him.
Kinsey said Alleda replied, “I don’t know.”
But according to NBC News, Alleda later released a statement saying "I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not."
Now Alleda is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter, among other charges. Kinsey was shot three times.
Other officers on scene were apparently surprised by the shooting and didn’t know at first who had fired the shots.
The incident gained national attention and fueled accusations of systematic racism and police brutality.
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