The unidentified North Miami cop who shot an innocent, unarmed black man three times while his hands were in the air has released a statement.
“I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not,” he wrote, according to Local 10.
The cop did not explain in the short statement why he shot Charles Kinsey, who wasn’t posing a threat to him or anyone else. To the contrary, Kinsey works at a group home and was helping an autistic man who was playing with a toy truck.
Cellphone video released by WSVN on Wednesday shows Kinsey lying on his back, hands in the air, telling officers that weapons aren’t necessary.
North Miami Cop Who Shot an Unarmed Man While His Hands Were in the Air: “I Did What I Had to Do”
North Miami Police Chief Gary C. Eugene and U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson held a press conference discussing the shooting.
“We have witness statements that there was a gun,” said Eugene. “We had a 911 call with that same information. However, I want to make it clear there was no gun recovered.”
Again, if the officer never saw a gun (which he didn’t since there wasn’t one), no one was behaving aggressively, and Kinsey was calmly explaining that neither he nor the autistic man had a gun, why open fire?
Throughout the incident, it is Kinsey who is working to de-escalate the confrontation—telling the autistic man to lay on his stomach, and trying to calm the situation–not the officers.
According to someone who witnessed the incident, Kinsey always kept his hands in plain view and at one point told the officer,” OK, I’m going to stand up now” and asked, “please don’t shoot me.”
The officer shot him.
Kinsey says he asked the officer why he shot him and was stunned by the answer he gave.
“I’m like this right here, and when he shot me, it was so surprising,” Kinsey said. “It was like a mosquito bite, and when it hit me, I’m like, ‘I still got my hands in the air, and I said, ‘No, I just got shot! And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me, he said, ‘I don’t know.’”
To make matters even worse, WSVN is reporting that the officer meant to shoot the autistic man:
This would make the unidentified cop a bad shot who was aiming at a mentally challenged man playing with a toy truck.