North Miami behavioral therapist, Charles Kinsey was shot by police in front of his autistic patient. The incident, which was caught on camera, left Kinsey with a gun wound in the leg, and 23-year-old Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto traumatized.
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Earlier last week, Rios took his toy truck and wandered away from his group home. Kinsey did what any other responsible caregiver would do, he went to bring his patient back inside.
Little did Kinsey know, someone made a 9-1-1 call saying that they saw a man outside with a gun. When police arrived, Kinsey laid on the ground with his hands up on the air. Rios sat adjacent to him, rocking back and fourth, holding his toy truck.
Kinsey tried to explain the situation to them, but in the midst of things, he ended up shot.
Kinsey lived to tell his story and told Florida reporters that he thought that if your hands are up and your unarmed you won’t get shot. During and interview Kinsey said,
“When he shot me it was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite. When he hit me I’m like I still got my hands in the air.”
Officer Jonathan Aledda is the cop who shot the unarmed man. Reported on CNN, Aledda told the police union that he intended to shot Rios, the autistic patient. Aledda has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Rios, who looks up to his care taker was heart broken after the incident. He has been placed in a psychiatric ward.