[ NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - A therapist who works with people with disabilities is telling his story after he said police shot him while he was trying to help his patient with autism.
Cellphone video was released Wednesday afternoon showing Charles Kinsey lying on the ground with his hands in the air, telling officers that weapons are not necessary. “When I went to the ground, I went to the ground with my hands up,” Kinsey said, “and I am laying there just like this. Telling them again there is no need for firearms. He is autistic. He has a toy truck in his hand.”
In his hospital bed and wearing bandages, Kinsey said, he was attempting to calm an autistic patient who ran away from a group home. Kinsey could be heard in the video saying, “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
He is also heard asking his patient to calm down. “Rinaldo, please be still, Rinaldo. Sit down, Rinaldo. Lay on your stomach.”
The ordeal went on for a few minutes before Kinsey said one of the officers shot him. “I’m like this right here, and when he shot me, it was so surprising,” Kinsey said. “I thought it was a mosquito bite, and when it hit me I had my hands in the air, and I’m thinking I just got shot! And I’m saying, Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, I don’t know.'” ]
Don't be shit. Don't get shot. How is this a fucking difficult concept?
[ How was he shit by doing what he was doing? ]
He put himself in the position instead of just being like 'ok, cops are there, I should just stand back'.
But no, he was shit. The entire situation could have been avoided if he just 'didn't'.
[ He should just let police with no training handle someone that is autistic? How do you think that will unfold? ]
Well probably without him being shot for one. Cops on the scene? It becomes a permissions situation for any third party.
'I am trained to handle developmentally disabled people, may I help?' y/n
[ The story evolved since this thread was opened. When those people were posting, the officer had not given a statement yet.
My sentiment rings true, despite your repeated attempts at claiming I'm being a hypocrite: MMO-C posters love to complain about the police, even when they don't have all the facts. ]
It's the new, hip thing to do after all.
And it's disgusting. Just shows that people nowadays have no interest in behaving with the slightest bit of self-awareness. Why would they take in a situation and behave responsibly when they can blame someone else for how they complicate things -and- get a sick paycheck?
[ Even if that is true, and I am not saying it isn't, why is there no independent thinking on the part of police in these instances. It's just mechanical reaction. Does this man actually look like a threat? I really hate to carry the water of these BLM folks because I think they are fucking stupid, but how can you not see this isn't a man worth shooting. Our revolution was started by a moron with an itchy trigger finger you know... ]
Why did he put himself in the position of being mistaken for a threat instead of waiting for the officers to figure out what was going on? I've had medic friends in plain clothes wait patiently at a scene before waving a cop down and explaining what they can offer as help.
No one got shot when someone applied a little bit of fucking courtesy.
[ At no point are you actually defending or justifying the cop for shooting just victim blaming. ]
waaaaah waaaaaah 'victim blaming'.
The man was educated in how to handle the developmentally disabled, yes? He went to school for it? He has a licensed therapist?
Then he wasn't a victim, he was a moron. A licensed moron that forgot a pretty key detail in offering assistance.
[ Maybe he listened to the people who said that you won't get shot if you're respectful and comply with every demand of the officers. ]
Are you saying that people should do whatever they can to avoid interacting with the police, because they could be shot for no justifiable reason at any given time?
I'm saying don't interact with the police until the situation de-escalates from 'guns are drawn', yes
[ Don't want to get accused of victim blaming? Stop blaming the victim.
Seriously, in what world is it OK to shoot someone lying on their back with their empty hands in the air? ]
Why would I stop blaming the victim when he was behaving in a manner that breaks concentration?
The officers have guns drawn, they are trying to figure out a situation and you have some jag-off flapping his lips while the police are trying to figure out:
A) Is the subject a threat?
B) Does he have a weapon?
C) How are people behaving around him?
D) Who all is connected to him?
E) Could a bystander be armed?
F) Is the subject disoriented?
He was not helping himself in this situation. Stay quiet, wait for officers to de-escalate situation, then explain why you are there.