- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

A therapist was shot in the leg by a North Miami cop this week after he raised his hands and told them he was an unarmed caretaker for an autistic man.

Cellphone video obtained by a local Fox affiliate in Miami shows Charles Kinsey, 47, attempting to comply with officers’ demands on Monday afternoon. The police were responding at the time to a 911 call regarding a suicidal man with a gun.

“All he has is a toy truck — a toy truck,” Mr. Kinsey says on the video while lying next to his patient. “I am a behavior therapist at a group home. […] Rinaldo, please be still, Rinaldo. Sit down, Rinaldo. Lay on your stomach.”

The patient ran away from the facility that provides his care earlier in the day.

“I was really more worried about [Rinaldo] than myself,” Mr. Kinseytold the Fox affiliate on Wednesday. “I was thinking as long as I have my hands up … they’re not going to shoot me. This is what I’m thinking, they’re not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong.”

The therapist said that when he asked the cop who shot him why he did it the response was, “I don’t know.”

“It was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite,” Mr. Kinsey told the station of his wound. He is now recovering in Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The State Attorney’s Office released a statement Wednesday saying an investigation into the incident is underway. North Miami Police have not released the officer’s name.

Mr. Kinsey’s ordeal comes just weeks after the July 5 shooting of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge and the July 6 shooting of Philando Castile, 32. Both police shootings, as well as the July 7 ambush on Dallas cops by 25 year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, have ignited a national discussion on racial profiling and law enforcement in minority communities.

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