Miami Police shoot unarmed black man as he lies on street with hands up

A police officer in Miami shot and wounded an autistic man's black caretaker.

AP July 21, 2016 22:02:20 IST
Miami Police shoot unarmed black man as he lies on street with hands up

Miami: A Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man's black caretaker, authorities said, in an incident purportedly captured on cellphone video that shows the caretaker lying down with his arms raised before being shot.

North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas told The Miami Herald that officers responded to the scene Monday following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself. Officers arrived to find 47-year-old Charles Kinsey, a therapist who works with people with disabilities, according to WSVN-TV, trying to get his 27-year-old patient back to a facility from where he had wandered.

Miami Police shoot unarmed black man as he lies on street with hands up

Representational image. Reuters

Cuevas says police ordered Kinsey and the patient, who was sitting in the street playing with a toy truck, to lie on the ground. The video shows Kinsey lying down and putting his hands up while trying to get his patient to comply.

An officer then fired three times, striking Kinsey in the leg, Cuevas said. No weapon was found.

The latest shooting comes amid weeks of violence involving police. Three law enforcement officers were fatally shot and three others wounded Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by a shooter whom police also gunned down. Two weeks earlier, two white officers in Baton Rouge killed a black man, Alton Sterling, 37, on 5 July during a scuffle at a convenience store. That shooting, captured on cellphone video, provoked widespread protests about police treatment of the black community.

On 6 July, another black man, 32-year-old Philando Castile, was killed in Minnesota when a police officer pulled him over. The next day, a sniper killed five Dallas police officers as they guarded a peaceful protest.

In Florida, Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon, provided a cellphone video to the Herald on Wednesday taken moments before the shooting. It shows Kinsey lying in the middle of the street with his hands up, asking the officers not to shoot him, while the autistic man sits next to him, yelling at him to "shut up."

"Sir, there's no need for firearms," Kinsey said he told police before he was shot, according to WSVN. "It was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite."

Kinsey is black. Police haven't released the name or race of the officer who shot him but said he's been placed on administrative leave, which is standard.

The investigation has been turned over to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, Cuevas said.

In an interview with the TV station, Kinsey said he was more worried about his patient than himself during the incident.

"As long as I've got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. They're not going to shoot me," he said. "Wow, was I wrong."

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

One Night in Miami movie review: Four US icons debate over what it means to be Black in America
Entertainment

One Night in Miami movie review: Four US icons debate over what it means to be Black in America

In her directorial debut, Regina King adapts the Kemp Powers play One Night in Miami, which imagines the four Black icons trying to reconcile their private lives with their public spheres.

One Night in Miami is more of an intellectual thriller than a group biopic or readymade costume drama
Entertainment

One Night in Miami is more of an intellectual thriller than a group biopic or readymade costume drama

Among the pleasures of One Night in Miami is how it allows us to imagine we’re glimpsing the private selves of highly public figures

Nancy Pelosi says US House will impeach Donald Trump, pushes Mike Pence to oust him
World

Nancy Pelosi says US House will impeach Donald Trump, pushes Mike Pence to oust him

'In protecting our Constitution and our democracy, we will act with urgency, because this president represents an imminent threat to both,' Pelosi said