Three years ago, a North Miami police officer shot at an unarmed healthcare worker which resulted in the serious injury of the victim. The officer involved was arraigned in court last Thursday for the negligence of duty and attempted manslaughter. It’s been three years and the victim, Charles Kinsey, still has fragments of the bullet in his leg.
In July 2016, the health worker was with one of his autistic patients on the sidewalk trying to convince him to return to the group home he absconded from. A passerby saw his patient holding a silver toy truck and mistook it for a weapon leading to him calling the police. A video of the incident went viral showing Kinsey laying on his back pleading with the police not to shoot with his hands in the air.
Johnathan Aleddaa shot thrice at Kinsey despite his pleas. The prosecutor has labeled the officer as trigger happy as he could have taken a better course of action seeing that he was a considerable distance away from the scene and he had lots of time to make the right decision.
The counsel to the officer said in his defense that he thought the victim was held captive by his patient. Aleddaa shot at the patient but ended up hitting Kinsey even though it was in an attempt to save the health worker.