A video has emerged of US police officers shooting an unarmed therapist who was trying to care for an autistic patient.
Charles Kinsey had tried to explain to officers that he was a behavioural therapist caring for an autistic patient sat next to him.
Despite this, he received a gunshot to the leg by police officers.
North Miami police had been responding to a 911 call about an unarmed man trying to shoot himself.
Thomas Matthews, a convenience store owner, 73, had witnessed the incident. He said he could see Kinsey lying on the street with his hands up, with the man he cared for sitting next to him.
Kinsey could be heard telling police officers that the only thing his patient had in his hands was a toy truck.
At the time, Kinsey was lying on the ground with his hands in the air. He was shot anyway.
Kinsey, who fortunately was not seriously wounded, told reporters at local news station, WSVN: “I was really more worried about him [the patient] more than myself because once I’ve got my hands up, they are not going to shoot me, this is what I’m thinking, they are not going to shoot me. Wow was I wrong.”
Clint Bower, who runs the group home where Kinsey has worked for more than a year, told Local 10 News that the man Kinsey was caring for is nonverbal and has “relatively low ffunction.”
A bouquet of flowers was left for Kinsey outside the group home where he works.
The officer responsible for the incident has not been named and placed on administrative leave.
A spokeswoman for the police department, Natalie Buissereth claimed in a statement: “arriving officers attempted to negotiate with the two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from autism…At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the officers discharged his weapon.”
Kinsey’s lawyer, Hilton Napoleon said that he was negotiating a possible settlement with the city.
He told reporters: “They realize this was something inappropriate regarding the shooting.”
He added that if police departments admitted their fault in incidents like this more often, “it would probably go a long way” towards improving relations between the police and the public.
Later, the police department attempted to explain their actions by saying that the police officer in question was actually trying to shoot the man with learning disabilities.
Mr Kinsey added that when he asked the officer: “Sir, why did you shoot me?”, the officer replied by saying “I don’t know”.
Recently, the Austin American-Statesman published footage from a police dashboard camera showing a Texas officer violently arresting a black woman during a traffic stop and throwing her to the ground.
A second video from the arrest shows a second officer suggesting to the woman that white people are afraid of black people because of “violent tendencies.”
In July, riots erupted in Dallas after the police shootings of two black men were captured on camera. One of them was lying face down on the ground, handcuffed and surrounded by police officers. He was executed in the back of the head.
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