Charles Kinsey, the unarmed Florida therapist who was shot for no reason, has filed a federal lawsuit
By Colin Wolf
on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM
Charles Kinsey, the unarmed black therapist who was shot for no reason by a North Miami police officer last July, has filed a federal lawsuit.
In Kinsey's federal complaint the therapist claims that North Miami SWAT Officer Jonathan Aledda violated his civil rights, used excessive force and carried out a false arrest, reports the Miami News Times.
Kinney, a behavior technician at the Miami Achievement Center for the Developmentally Disabled, was shot July 18 while working to subdue his 26-year-old autistic patient Arnold Rios, an autistic man who was walking around North Miami and playing with a toy truck.
The entire situation was documented by a cell phone video (above) showing Kinsey laying on his back with his hands up, begging the cops not to shoot him.
"Officer Aledda violated Mr. Kinsey's clearly established Fourth Amendment right to be free from excessive force during police seizures when he shot Mr. Kinsey in the leg," the complaint says.
Kinsey says after Aledda shot him with his rifle he asked why he was shot, to which the officer replied, "I don't know."
It was later revealed by Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera, that Alleda was actually trying to shoot the autistic man in an effort to "protect" Kinsey.
The complaint says the Aledda fired three shots at Kinsey, without warning, and despite the fact that neither Kinsey or Rios had committed a crime.
"It is important to note that, when Officer Aledda fired his weapon, neither Mr. Kinsey nor Mr. Rios had committed a crime, posed a threat toward any officer, civilian or each other; nor did Mr. Kinsey or Mr. Rios attempt to evade arrest," the complaint says.