News broke earlier this week that another unarmed black man was shot by police, this time in Miami. However, the man was not killed, and it turned out that he was trying to calm an autistic patient down who had escaped from a local group home. The man who was shot, a behavioral therapist named Charles Kinsey laid down on the ground and had his hands in the air, and was still shot at. Now, John Rivera–the local police union chief of Dade County’s Police Benevolent Association unveiled some startling news about the shooting.
Rivera told the Miami Times that the police officer was aiming for the “white male” – the autistic man who was holding a toy truck at the time. Rivera went on to say, “It appeared to the officers that the white male was trying to do harm to Mr. Kinsey. The officers, realizing and believing that there was a firearm — many officers thought the white male had a firearm. Only much later when we’re able to ‘Monday-morning quarterback’ do we find out that it’s a toy.”
The prosecutor’s office along with the state police are conducting separate investigations, and the officer who fired the shot at Kinsey has been placed on administrative leave.