Police in South Florida Thursday said they were investigating an officer who shot and wounded an autistic man's caretaker, as video emerged apparently showing the caretaker lying down with his arms raised before being shot.
North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas told The Miami Herald that officers responded to the scene Monday to find 47-year-old Charles Kinsey, a therapist who works with people with disabilities, according to WSVN-TV, trying to get his 23-year-old patient back to a facility from where he wandered.
Police ordered Kinsey and the patient, who was sitting in the street playing with a toy truck, to lie on the ground. Kinsey lies down and puts his hands up while trying to get his patient to comply. An officer then fired three times, striking Kinsey in the leg. No weapon was found.
The video shows Kinsey lying down and putting his hands up while trying to get his patient to comply. Asking the officers not to shoot him, while the autistic man sits next to him, yelling at him to "shut up."