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.
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.”
“When he hit me, I’m like, I still got my hands in the air,”
“I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ He said to me, ‘I don’t know.'”
“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.”
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.