Miami Police Shooting of Autistic Man's Caretaker Sparks New Anger
There are questions and anger this morning after the shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer in North Miami.
Video has emerged of the moments before 47-year-old Charles Kinsey, a therapist and caretaker for an autistic man, was wounded by the officer.
The video does not show the shots being fired, but it does show Kinsey lying on his back with his hands in the air.
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Three shots struck Kinsey in the leg, but no weapon was found at the scene.
The incident began when the officers responded to a report of a man with a gun threatening suicide. A person had apparently mistaken the autistic man's toy truck for a firearm.
"All he has is a toy truck," Kinsey shouted to the officers before they opened fire.
Kinsey had chased after the autistic man after he ran away from a nearby group home.
"As long as I've got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. They're not going to shoot me," he said from his hospital bed. "Wow, was I wrong."
The officer who fired has been placed on administrative leave. The police department has not said why the officer pulled the trigger.
Watch Phil Keating's report above.