A black Florida man trying to calm his patient with autism was shot by a police officer Monday, despite having his hands in the air, he said Wednesday.
North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas said the incident happened when officers responded to a call that a man with a gun was walking around threatening to shoot himself, the Miami Heraldreported. Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, told WSVN-TV that the man police were searching for was his patient, who had escaped from a nearby group home, and the gun was actually a toy truck.
In cell phone video of the incident, Kinsey, 47, is seen laying on the ground with his hands in the air.
In the video, he repeatedly assures police the young man does not have a gun.
“All he has is a toy truck in his hands,” Kinsey said in the video. “I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
Throughout the incident, Kinsey’s patient refused to comply with police and lay down, although Kinsey encouraged him to follow the officers’ directions.