- The Washington Times - Friday, July 22, 2016

North Miami Police have identified four-year veteran Jonathan Aledda as the officer who shot therapist Charles Kinsey on Monday afternoon.

Officer Aledda, a member of a SWAT unit, responded to a 911 call about a suicidal man with a gun. Cellphone video provided to media outlets by Mr. Kinsey’s attorneys shows the victim with his hands up while warning officers that an autistic man next to him named Rinaldo does not have a gun.

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

Mr. Kinsey was shot in the leg shortly afterward. He is recovering in Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“As your mayor of this great city of North Miami, I assure you that we will go wherever the truth takes us and any necessary decisions will be taken by the proper authorities,” North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph said Friday during a press conference, a local ABC affiliate reported. “Now, I have had the chance to sit with my city manager, my chief of police as well as my city attorney. I must tell you, community concerns will be addressed.”

A second police officer, Cmdr. Emile Hollant, was suspended without pay after the incident. Officials said he gave conflicting statements about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Mr. Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon II, told reporters that the North Miami Police Department would be “much better off saying sorry to my client and trying to acknowledge the fact that something went terribly wrong,” the station reported.

The State Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that an investigation of the incident is underway.

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