MIAMI, FLORIDA – An African-American therapist was shot by police while he was lying in the street with his hands in the air attempting to tend to an autistic patient who was playing with a toy truck.
Cell phone video footage surfaced Wednesday showing Charles Kinsey on the grown in a non-threatening position telling officers that he was unarmed and their weapons were not necessary. Nevertheless, police shot him three times in the leg.
Kinsey is still alive.
In an interview from his hospital bed, Kinsey said, ” “I’m like this right here, and when he shot me, it was so surprising,” he 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.’”
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.”
Watch Kinsey tell his story below from his hospital bed in an exclusive interview with Miami’s WSVN news: