Black therapist Charles Kinsey shot by police while helping autistic man

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Another innocent Black man has been shot by police officers. The incident occurred on July 18 in North Miami. It was recorded on a cel phone.

The cellphone video shows Black caretaker Charles Kinsey attempting to bring a young autistic man back to an assisted living facility. The autistic patient sat down in the middle of traffic and was non-verbal.

While Kinsey attempted to persuade the patient to come back to the facility, police began aiming their guns at the caretaker and autistic patient. Apparently, the police officers believed that the autistic patient had a weapon after responding to a 911 call. Kinsey was on the ground with his hands up and yelled at the police, “All he has is a toy truck in his hand.” Kinsey followed by saying, “There is no need for guns.”

Police ignored Kinsey and shot him three times in the leg. Police then handcuffed Kinsey and left him bleeding on the ground for over 20 minutes. Kinsey later told reporters that he was shocked by the shooting.

The police shooting comes at a time when officers across the nation are under fire for violence against Blacks. Protests erupted several weeks ago after Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were shot by police. Both Black men were killed on camera without being threats to police or the community. There has been a call for more police accountability and for officers to be punished for their actions. The officers who killed Sterling and Castille have yet to be fired or arrested.

The incident in Miami reveals, again, how a lot of police officers are unqualified to be in the profession. Others are blatantly racist and more willing to become violent when it comes to Black people. It’s apparent that the officers involved should be fired and arrested.

However, the names of the officers have yet to be revealed and there are no indications that arrests will be made.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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