Cop Shoots Man as He Literally Lies Down, Keeps Hands Up and Begs Not to Be Shot

Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project

An unarmed therapist, who had his hands in the air as he lay on his back on the ground attempting to calm an autistic patient in distress, was shot in the leg by a trigger-happy cop.

Police in North Miami, Florida, responded to an emergency 911 call of a man with a gun who was threatening to commit suicide — but behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey told WSVN-TV he believes the caller likely mistook the autistic patient’s toy truck for a firearm.

After the autistic man ran away from a group home, Kinsey was summoned to calm him. In cellphone video that went viral Wednesday, Kinsey can be seen lying on his back with his arms stretched straight above his head in the air as he counsels the autistic man sitting on the pavement next to him, toy truck in hand — as police train their rifles at the pair from behind a patrol car.

Kinsey told WSVN-TV he repeatedly explained the situation to the rifle-wielding officers — apparently to no avail.

“When I went to the ground, I’m going to the ground just like this here with my hands up,” Kinsey, stretching his arms stiffly above his head, as he recounted events for the news outlet from his hospital bed, “and I’m laying down here, just like this, and I’m telling them again, ‘Sir, there is no need for firearms. I’m unarmed, he’s an autistic guy. He got a toy truck in his hand.’”

In video footage, Kinsey clearly states, “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”

But, as officers kept their rifles aimed directly at the pair, Kinsey tried to calm the autistic man out of fear he would be shot for any sudden movements perceived by the cops as a threat.

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  • Kevin Ellis

    We all know that there will be a reaction to this and it will be good cops suffering because of this idiot who’s only punishment will be administrative leave. I know this is only a small percentage of police and most are good but they need to speak up also and not worry about violating a code or whatever it is that keeps them from speaking against bad cops.

    • Eileen Luciano

      I agree not all cops are idiots like this but the good cops have to take a stand against them.

    • Chris Bolton

      The only good cops are the ones who are actively outraged and protesting against this shit with the rest of us.

      • David

        which they never do.
        they think it is ok to kill you.
        #BlueLivesDontMatter

    • which ‘good cops’ ??? you mean the other cops who were present, illegally terrorizing two unarmed people by pointing guns at them? the ones who failed to arrest each other for these illegal acts?

      • Vincent Proud

        There’s a few examples on this site of good cops doing genuinely good things.
        Like the dude who was attacked by a dog, it drew blood, and he just stayed calm and calmed it, and did not press charges. He is a good cop.

        • he might be generally a good person, but do you know whether he’s ever reported or arrested a fellow cop for criminal activity? i’m guessing no

          • Vincent Proud

            Has it ever occurred to you that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cops don’t mix very often?
            A ‘good’ cop can’t testify shit if they weren’t there.

  • Patty Parfait

    This isn’t helping the alleged war on cops and if it’s war minorities are losing

    • ‘if it’s a war’ ??? it’s been a declared by cops war on the people since police were originally amassed as slave catchers

  • police had ZERO authority to point a weapon at two CLEARLY UNARMED people . this was aggravated assault w/ deadly weapon under color of authority . every one of these thug ass coward cops should be charged for terrorizing these guys, and the shooter should already be sitting in a cage awaiting trial, with his mugshot and entire history plastered all over the news

    • frankspeak

      yeah,..in this case…that cop really “screwed the pooch”…expect this one to be hushed up…and the victim to be considerably wealthier!…

  • chris

    This is also a good example why there should be fewer guns. It is much more likely to be a phone, water bottle, or other non-gun object that someone is likely to be carrying.

    • Aaron

      um Chris, It was a truck that he was holding, not a gun. So picture this. Police are the only ones with guns in America according to the law. Is that going to stop them from using them? So now we go to this same situation with the new law in mind. Police are the only ones allowed to have guns, however the cops sees an unidentified item and claims its a potential weapon. He shoots the man anyway in order to “protect” himself. Now what did taking the guns away from law abiding citizens accomplish?

      • chris

        He would be less likely to assume it was a gun.

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  • David

    they think it is ok to shoot/kill you. not only unpunished, but rewareded.
    #BlueLivesDontMatter