What do you do when you do everything right to a point you could call it being overly cautious and still get shot in the leg? That’s what Charles Kinsey is asking himself now, I’m sure.
A video aired by WSVN of a North Miami man, Charles Kinsey, shows just what has went wrong and caused the rift between the African American community and the police community. While lying on his back with his hands up in the air explaining calmly what was going on, he suffered a gunshot wound to his leg that came from a North Miami police officer.
With that said, I watched the video objectively, and I don’t see any way anyone could spin it in a way that could lay blame on Kinsey. At all. I’m sure someone will pull it off though.
So what was Kinsey doing that caused a police standoff despite having no weapon? He was helping his autistic patient. Kinsey spoke with WSVN and said he was taking care of his autistic patient who ran away from his group home which he attempted to explain to police.
Police were called to the area after receiving a 911 call stating a man was walking around with a gun threatening to commit suicide. However, the “gun” was actually a toy truck.
A toy truck. Not even a toy gun. We’re now shooting when people have toy trucks.
Kinsey can be seen in the video doing what black men and women basically have to do when pulled over. With his hands up in the air, he tried to reason with officers.
“All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
What’s most disturbing is the fact that Kinsey asked the officer why he was shot despite having his arms in the air.
“I’m like, ‘I still got my hands in the air,’ and I said, ‘No I just got shot!’ And I’m saying, ‘Sir why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me, he said, ‘I don’t know.'”
“I don’t know.”
Let that sink in for a moment.
Knowing his patient possibly would not understand orders made by police, he was more concerned over his patient’s safety and can be heard in the video speaking to his patient.
“Rinaldo, please be still, Rinaldo. Sit down, Rinaldo. Lay on your stomach.”
He shared with WSVN:
“I was really more worried about him than myself. I was thinking as long as I have my hands up … they’re not going to shoot me. This is what I’m thinking, they’re not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong.”
After waiting twenty minutes for emergency responders, he was transported to a hospital for treatment. No firearm or weapon was found at the scene.
The North Miami Police have only shared that the State Attorney is now investigating the officer-involved shooting, and the officer is currently on paid administrative leave. The officer remains unidentified.
Though the shooting was not seen in the cellphone video, it’s obvious Kinsey complied. How can you question it? Seriously? Please tell me how you can question it. I’ll wait.
Kinsey’s lawyer made a statement that absolutely nails it.
“There’s no justification for shooting an unarmed person who’s talking to you and telling you thatt they don’t have a gun, and that they’re a mental health counselor.”
THIS is why the African American community is pissed off. THIS is why they’re crying out, and THIS is why #BlackLivesMatter. Yes, of course, all lives matter, and yes, police officers lives matter too. No shit. But, when an unarmed black man helping his unarmed autistic patient is shot and an officer can’t even explain why he shot him, that’s when it becomes so apparent that #BlackLivesMatter.
With recent cop killings, I get that tension is high. There’s nothing you could pay me to do the jobs police officers do on a daily basis, and the good cops have my undying appreciation, gratitude, and love. However, this is where something has to happen and a meeting of the minds has to occur before this continues and gets any worse, and I fully believe it will if not.
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