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Published: Wed, August 03, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

"Charles Kinsey: "Why Did You Shoot Me?" Cop" "I Don't Know"


Police have not said why the officer fired, though a police union representative said Thursday the officer, who has not been identified and who has been placed on administrative leave, was aiming for the autistic man - apparently thinking he was armed - and trying to protect Kinsey.

Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man's black caretaker in an incident purportedly captured on cellphone video that shows the caretaker lying down with his arms raised before being shot.

A video taken directly before the shooting shows Kinsey laying down on the street, telling the patient to lie down and be still.

The police allege the incident started when someone called officers reporting a man walking around with a gun, threatening suicide.

"He asked the officer, 'Why did you shoot me?' The officer said 'i don't know, '" Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon II, said.

A second video surfaced showing both Charles Kinsey and Rinaldo prone on the ground being handcuffed. He also tells the officers that he is a behavioral therapist and tries to calm down another man in the street, reportedly one of Kinsey's patients.

Dade County Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera said Thursday that the officer involved, a decorated member of the SWAT team, did not hear what Kinsey was saying, reports CBS Miami.

Police chief Gary Eugene told reporters that officers responded to the scene with the threat of a gun in mind, but no gun was recovered. I was thinking as long as I have my hands up ... they're not going to shoot me.

"I realise there are many questions about what happened on Monday night".

Police were responding to a 911 call that came in about 5 p.m. on Monday.

Cuevas says police ordered Kinsey and the patient, who was sitting in the street playing with a toy truck, to lie on the ground.

"Why did you shoot me?"

"Lay down on your stomach", Kinsey says to his patient in the video, which was shot from about 30 feet away and provided to the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2ahReMa).

In Minnesota, 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was also black, was shot to death during a traffic stop. From a hospital bed, he expressed surprise at having been shot, especially since the officer explained the situation as "I don't know".

"Right now, I am just grateful that he is alive", she said, "and he is able to tell his story". Earlier this month, black shooters opened fire at the police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, killing a total of eight officers, including one African American.

Kinsey said he was more anxious about his patient than himself. The officer wanted to hit the autistic man, who was being helped by Kinsey.

He told journalists: "When I went to the ground, I went to the ground with my hands up".

A police officer shot at the two men and injured Charles Kinsey's leg in the ordeal.

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