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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.


  1. Sol Rothstein on July 21, 2016 at 11:58 am

    It seems a lot of police officers are cowards and not up to the task of policing. If you are afraid of your own shadow, being a policeman is not the career for you.

    At least based on the information presented here, the cop definitely was way out of line. If new information comes out, obviously that will be taken into consideration. But right now, I don’t see any kind of justifiable explanation for this shooting.

    He shot because he freaked out and should resign from the force. I have been in front of scared police and they’re much more dangerous than the perp. It’s not good when a cop has his gun out and he’s scared to death. This cop needs another profession.

  2. cupcake333 on July 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    killer cop beenn around since 1920s all of them suffer
    bi polar similarities and due to how state laws
    protect them its a law on tthe books that
    saves them from responsibility see the
    goverment cant prove these cop are sane or not
    cause all those cops participating in hangeings of black men
    are the same derranged mines we have now
    if your not evaluating mental healthy after
    the return from afghanistan and u knew non of them socialize
    with black men in war or out war .. then that solves the fact
    miltary dont advocate racial harmoney and they should miltary is real racially divided and them white soldier had no association with blacks before going in and while in so they come out scared lil whimps using a gun
    the dallas cop killer knew miltary men was like him …all f—ed up now goverment need to spend millipn training cops they scared if they start lockin them up no one will want that job white boy sem to love the power of it….
    the ability to kill at will its changing i bet you a lot of them quit …