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  • Black Man Who Had Hands Up Asked Cop ‘Why Did You Shoot Me?’ — Cop’s Reply Was Terrifying (VIDEO)

    Police Brutality

    Charles Kinsey is a behavioral therapist who assists mentally disabled patients for an assisted living facility in North Miami, Florida.

    On Monday, he went outside to search for a patient who just had a behavioral incident and wandered off the grounds of the facility. Shortly after Kinsey found the 23-year-old man, police arrived and surrounded the two men with weapons drawn.

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    Police later claimed they had received reports of a man with a gun threatening suicide.

    When the police arrived, they surrounded Kinsey and his patient.

    Cell phone video released by his attorney, Hilton Napoleon II, shows Kinsey laying on his back with his hands in the air, while his patient sat next him.

    Kinsey announced to the officers that he was a behavioral therapist, and the man next to him was autistic. He also explained that his patient did not have a weapon, but rather a toy truck.

    “I was more worried about him than myself,” Kinsey told CNN affiliate WSVN.

    Time and time again, Kinsey told police that neither he nor his patient had a weapon. Kinsey said:

    “As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not gonna shoot me, that’s what I’m thinking.”
    “Wow, was I wrong.”
    Kinsey was shot in the leg. The therapist said he was surprised by the shot, and described it a like being bitten by a mosquito.
    “When he hit me, I’m like, I still got my hands in the air,”
    Kinsey said he asked the officer:
    “I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ He said to me, ‘I don’t know.'”
    A second video shows the Kinsey lying in the middle of the road, on his stomach being handcuffed while bleeding from a gunshot. At this time it’s unclear if the there is a video of the actual shooting or the events that took place between the time the two videos were taken.
    While handcuffed and bleeding out in the middle of the street,  it took 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived to take Kinsey to a nearby hospital.
    According to Napoleon, Kinsey was shot in his leg after the officer fired two or three shots. Napoleon said:
    “Physically he will recover but mentally he felt like he did everything he could possibly do and that wasn’t good enough.”
    “You can’t shoot unarmed people period.”
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    The North Miami Police Department said in a news release that they are still investigating the details of the shooting and are asking potential witnesses to come forward with any additional photos or videos of the incident. They claim that when the officers arrived they “attempted to negotiate with to men on the scene.”
    Authorities said at some point, one of the officers discharged his weapon. As standard procedure, that officer has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

    UPDATE

    The Miami Police department offered this explanation as to why the police officer shot Kinsey.

    “The movement of the white individual looked like he was getting ready to discharge a firearm into Mr. Kinsey,” said John Rivera, the President of Miami-Dade’s Police Benevolent Association, at a press conference today. “The officer discharged, trying to stop the white male, and unfortunately he missed.”

    The spokesman was very carefully to make sure he emphasized that the officer thought Kinsey’s patient was “white.” They must have figured intending to shoot and kill a white autistic man with a toy truck was better than shooting an unarmed black man.

    Featured image via YouTube.

    Joe Clark

    I'm originally from Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans; now living North Texas. I'm a reformed "South Park Conservative" who has grown passionate about progressive issues like social justice, education, criminal justice reform, gun control, ending the war on drugs, and economic inequality. I believe America's a stronger nation when we come together as one to find a solution and humble ourselves enough to consider other points of view from our neighbors around the world. I don't believe in American exceptionalism, but I do believe America can only be an exceptional place as long as we can be brutally honest about its strengths and weaknesses.