Police Shoot Black Man Allegedly On Back With Hands Up
Police Shoot Black Man, Charles Kinsey, Who Was Allegedly On Back With Hands Up
In the newest case that’s been starting to rile people up, a North Miami Police Officer shot a black man while the man was allegedly laying on his back with his hands up. Video was taken by a bystander before and after the shooting. In the video, Charles Kinsey can be seen lying on his back with his hands straight up in the air minutes before the shooting.
The video, very suspiciously, covers the moments several minutes before the shooting and after the shooting, but does not cover the shooting itself. It’s unknown at this time if the video was edited to alter the media narrative, or if the cameraman stopped recording for some reason. North Miami PD has not yet released any information on this shooting, and all we have to go on is a video that is likely edited, taken minutes before the shooting and Kinsey’s account of what happened.
The shooting is being compared to the shooting of Philando Castile and the justified shooting of violent criminal Alton Sterling. At the time of this writing we have no reason to believe that Charles Kinsey had engaged in any violent behavior.
Kinsey’s lawyer, Hilton Napoleon provided the media with the video:
Wednesday afternoon, North Miami police officers were dispatched to a 911 call of a man with a gun, threatening suicide. Behavioral Therapist Charles Kinsey was with his autistic client, Rinaldo. Rinaldo was visibly agitated and carrying a toy truck. When the video starts, Kinsey can be seen lying on his back with his hands in the air, pleading with Rinaldo to get on his stomach. Kinsey calls out to officers that Rinaldo is just playing with a toy truck. The video then either stopped being recorded or was edited to cut out several minutes before the shooting occurred. Kinsey was shot in the leg, and then officers rushed him to detain him in handcuffs.
In a media interview with WSVN, Charles Kinsey claimed that his hands were up the whole time:
“I’m like this right here, and when he shot me, it was so surprising,” Kinsey said. “It was like a mosquito bite, and when it hit me, I’m like, ‘I still got my hands in the air, and I said, ‘No I just got shot! And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me, he said, ‘I don’t know.’”
“They flipped me over, and I’m faced down in the ground, with cuffs on, waiting on the rescue squad to come. I’d say about 20, about 20 minutes it took the rescue squad to get there. And I was like, bleeding — I mean bleeding and I was like, ‘Wow.’”
Is the shooting justified?
Without a complete video or any information besides Kinsey’s account of events, it’s impossible to make any determination about the justification for the shooting. We cannot stress enough that we only have Kinsey’s account of events, and the video was taken minutes prior to the shooting, and does not show the immediate events that led to the shooting.
Why Was Kinsey Handcuffed?
Kinsey being handcuffed does not mean that he was under arrest. Officers may handcuff people when they have specific and articulable officer safety concerns. If there’s enough reason to hold somebody at gunpoint, then there is certainly cause to handcuff them for safety.
We urge people to hold off on judgment until North Miami Police Department releases information on the shooting and we at least have a somewhat more clear picture of what had happened. Frequently, when people are shot by the police, their account of events almost always deny any wrongdoing. We will keep you updated as more information is released.