North Miami cop acquitted of felonies in
shooting at autistic man, media say
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[June 18, 2019]
By Rich McKay
(Reuters) - A Florida jury on Monday night
acquitted a North Miami police officer of two felony charges of
attempted manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed caretaker for an
autistic man who was holding a toy truck, media reports said.
The officer fired at the autistic man, thinking that a shiny toy truck
he held was a gun. He missed the autistic man but hit his therapist,
Charles Kinsey, who was laying on his back in the street with his hands
up, complying with police orders. Kinsey, who is black, was shot in the
The case gained national attention after cellphone video of the incident
emerged and went viral on the Internet.
The shooting by Aledda, who is white, came amid a spate of police
shootings of unarmed black men across the United States that fueled a
debate over racial bias in the criminal justice system and the use of
lethal tactics by law enforcement.
Kinsey had been working as a caretaker for Arnoldo Rios Soto, a
27-year-old man with severe autism who had left a nearby group home
where he requires 24-hour attention, according to court records.
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By the time Kinsey caught up with Rios on the afternoon of July 18,
2016, police had received a call from a motorist who reported seeing
Rios holding what appeared to be a gun, court documents say.
Aledda was one of six officers who responded to the call. He
testified at the first trial that when he fired his gun, he was
aiming at Rios because the autistic man had turned and pointed the
object at Kinsey.
Aledda testified that he believed Rios was going to shoot. That
trial ended with a hung jury.
In the second trial that ended Monday night, jurors deliberated for
about three hours and cleared him of the felonies, but convicted
Aledda of one misdemeanor count of culpable negligence, the Miami
That charge carries a penalty of up to one year in prison.
(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta, editing by Larry King)
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