Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Miami Police Shoot Black Man Lying Down with Hands Up, Lawyer Says (Video)

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*Charles Kinsey said he was lying in the middle of the street with his arms raised high when police shot him in the leg, reports CNN.

Kinsey, who works for an assisted living facility in North Miami, had gone outside Monday to help one of his patients who had just had a behavioral incident when cops showed up, his lawyer said.

They were dispatched after receiving reports of an armed man threatening suicide, authorities said.

Kinsey said that when police arrived, he tried to explain that he was a behavioral therapist at the nearby facility and that his patient has autism and that he was holding a toy truck, not a firearm.

He then asked his patient, a 23-year-old, to be still and lie down.

“I was more worried about him than myself,” Kinsey told CNN affiliate WSVN.
Cell phone video from the scene released by his lawyer, Hilton Napoleon II, shows Kinsey lying on the ground with his arms raised and another man sitting cross-legged next to him.

“As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not gonna shoot me, that’s what I’m thinking,” Kinsey said. “Wow, was I wrong.”

Kinsey was shot in his right leg after officers fired two or three shots, according to Napoleon.

A second video provided by Napoleon shows Kinsey lying in the road, on his stomach and handcuffed. According to CNN, it’s not clear if video of the actual shooting exists, and what transpired between the two videos provided by the lawyer.

Kinsey, however, told local news station WSVN he was flipped over and handcuffed. According to Napoleon, Kinsey laid on the ground for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived on the scene.

A hospital spokeswoman said Kinsey is in good condition.

“Physically he will recover but mentally he felt like he did everything he could possibly do and that wasn’t good enough,” Napoleon said.

Watch video of the moments before Kinsey was allegedly shot by the police:

Meanwhile, North Miami Police said in a news release that the cops who arrived “attempted to negotiate with the two men on the scene.” At some point, one of the officers discharged his weapon, authorities said. That officer has been placed on administrative leave, as is the standard procedure.

Kinsey explains how he had his hands up in an interview with Miami's WSVD
Charles Kinsey is interviewed about the shooting from his hospital bed. (WSVN)

Kinsey said he was surprised, like when a mosquito bites unexpectedly.

“When he hit me, I’m like, I still got my hands in the air,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?'” Kinsey said he asked the officer.

“He said to me, ‘I don’t know.'”

Kinsey’s shooting follows a pair of officer-involved shootings that resulted in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, kicking off a period of national unrest and putting the spotlight again on police use of force, particularly against black men.

Eight law enforcement officers have since been killed in separate incidents Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, targeted by gunmen who claimed they were reacting in part to incidents like those that led to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.

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