Charles Kinsey, a 42-year-old black man, was shot by police in North Miami on Monday while attempting to help a suicidal patient with autism at the facility where he works as a behavioral therapist. Video footage, released by Kinsey's lawyers on Thursday, shows him laying on the ground with his hands in the air before the shooting happens and saying that he is a "behavioral therapist in a group home." The video shows him being left on the ground for an extended period of time after being struck in the leg.
"I'm like this right here, and when he shot me, it was so surprising," Kinsey told reporters on Thursday. "It was like a mosquito bite, and when it hit me, 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.'"
According to police, the offending officer has been placed on administrative leave and an investigation with assistance from the state attorney's office has begun.
John Rivera, the head of the North Miami police union, said in a press conference today that the officers believed Kinsey was "in danger." He opened his statements by saying, "We're asking the community to please allow facts, not sensationalism, or politics, to work its way through the system."