NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a black man by police in North Miami, Florida (all times local):
A police chief in Florida is promising a transparent investigation into the shooting of a black caretaker who had been trying to coax his autistic patient into complying with officers.
North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene said during a news conference Thursday that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is taking over the investigation at his request. The state attorney’s office also is investigating.
Eugene says bringing in an outside agency shows the department’s commitment to objectivity in a sensitive matter. After the state’s investigation is done, the department will do its internal investigation.
The police chief says officers had responded to a 911 call of a man with a gun threatening to commit suicide, and officers responded with that in mind. However, no gun was recovered.
Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man’s black caretaker in an incident purportedly captured on cellphone video that shows 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 following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself. Officers arrived to find 47-year-old Charles Kinsey, a therapist who works with disabilities, according to WSVN-TV, trying to get his 27-year-old patient back to a facility from where he’d wandered.
Cuevas says 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. Cuevas says an officer then fired three times, striking Kinsey in the leg. No weapon was found.
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