posted on Apr, 12 2017 @ 06:17 PM
this policeman was formally arrested and is now facing felony charges.
North Miami Police Department officer Jonathan Aledda was charged with attempted manslaughter, a felony, and culpable negligence, a misdemeanor,
according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office.
The shooting of behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey, who was with and caring for a severely autistic man when he was shot, was one in a series of
police shootings of black men across the United States to raise questions about police use of force and civil rights.
Aledda defended his actions last July, saying “I did what I had to do in a split second.” The Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, which is
representing Aledda, was not immediately available for comment.
The officer was responding to reports of a man with a gun and apparently was aiming at the autisic man when he shot Kinsey, according to an affidavit
supporting the arrest warrant filed with the state court for Miami-Dade County.
Kinsey had followed police commands and was lying on the ground at the time he was shot. He had been trying to get the autistic man back to a nearby
group home from which he had wandered. Hilton Napoleon, a lawyer for Kinsey, was not immediately available for comment.
Initial calls to 911 emergency dispatchers reported a man, possibly suicidal, with a gun in his hand, which led to the arrival of 16 police officers,
including Aledda. What a caller thought was a gun turned out to be a toy tanker truck held by the autistic man, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said the autistic man, who is now 27 and has an IQ of 40, needed around-the-clock supervision.