Protesters staged a peaceful sit-in Monday at the North Miami police department to file complaints and call for justice in last week’s police-involved shooting of Charles Kinsey, the behavioral therapist who was trying to bring an autistic man back to his group home.
Black Lives Matter Miami organized the demonstration of about 35 protesters, who filled out complaint forms against the police officers involved in Kinsey’s shooting. The American Civil Liberties Union monitored the protest.
The protest came a week after Kinsey, a 47-year-old married father of five, was shot Monday afternoon in the leg while lying on his back with his arms up. He was trying to coax Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto back to the MacTown Center for the Developmentally Disabled..
A video shows Kinsey lying on the ground, explaining to police who he is and asking Soto to lie down. North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda then fired an assault rifle three times, one bullet striking Kinsey in the leg. Kinsey is home after several days in the hospital.
Miami-Dade police union chief John Rivera said Thursday Aledda thought Kinsey was in danger and was aiming at Rios. Rios’ mother, Gladys Soto, has since said the shooting traumatized her son, who was taken to the psychiatric wing of Aventura Hospital.
Aledda was placed on administrative leave for at least a week and another officer, Cmdr. Emile Hollant, was suspended without pay Friday for misleading investigators at the police department.