‘This is not a case of police abuse; the officer was trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life’

‘This is not a case of police abuse; the officer was trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life’
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The police officer who shot Kinsey has been identified as Jonathan Aledda, a four-year veteran and a member of the SWAT team. He has been placed on administrative leave.

Last week, the police union representing him said a video of the shooting doesn’t tell the whole story.

The officer had been aiming for Rios — not Kinsey, the union said. The officer thought Rios posed a danger, said John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.

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Mayor Smith Joseph has apologized to the wounded man and promised a complete investigation of the shooting.

But the police union chief said the video footage does not tell the whole story.

“This is not a case of a rogue cop. This is not a case of police abuse,” he said. “This is a case where a police officer was trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life, and unfortunately, his shot went astray.”

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