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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:44 AM

Felony Charges Dismissed Against Miami Cop Who Shot Black Caregiver With Arms Raised

Source: Miami Herald/Slate

Felony Charges Dismissed Against Miami Cop Who Shot Black Caregiver With Arms Raised
By MOLLY OLMSTEAD

JUNE 18, 20191:03 PM



Kinsey, left, and Soto, right, before the shooting.
The Washington Post

A North Miami police officer who shot the caregiver of an autistic man in distress, even though the caregiver was lying on the ground with his hands raised in the air, has been convicted on a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence but has escaped a felony conviction. A jury on Monday dismissed two attempted manslaughter charges against the officer, according to the Miami Herald.

The 2016 incident, part of which was captured in a video that went viral afterward, sparking outrage over the shooting of yet another black man who posed no threat to the police, began when a 23-year-old man with autism named Arnaldo Rios Soto wandered away from a Miami-area mental health center. Charles Kinsey, a 47-year-old therapist from Soto’s group home, caught up to Soto at the side of a road. A passing driver saw Soto, who was holding a toy truck, and called the police, believing the man was holding a gun to his head.

When police arrived, several officers soon realized that neither Soto nor Kinsey posed a threat and that the reported gun was just a toy. Kinsey shouted to the police, “all he has is a toy truck.” He also laid down on the street, arms above his head, begging them not to shoot. At the time of the shooting, Soto was sitting next to Kinsey, still holding the toy.

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Many who watched the video were skeptical that anyone could have perceived that Kinsey or Soto posed any danger, and prosecutors said Aledda had been reckless, ignoring all warnings from other officers and indications that the scenario was not a dangerous one, according to the Herald.




Read more: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/miami-caretaker-shooting-officer-convicted-misdemeanor.html

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Reply Felony Charges Dismissed Against Miami Cop Who Shot Black Caregiver With Arms Raised (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jun 19 OP
BlueIdaho Jun 19 #1
dalton99a Jun 19 #2
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 19 #3
BlueMTexpat Jun 19 #4
Dorn Jun 19 #7
Captain Stern Jun 19 #10
Haggis for Breakfast Jun 19 #18
Captain Stern Jun 19 #19
Haggis for Breakfast Jun 19 #20
Captain Stern Jun 20 #21
BlueMTexpat Jun 19 #12
OnlinePoker Jun 19 #5
NYMinute Jun 19 #6
melm00se Jun 19 #17
Scurrilous Jun 19 #8
otchmoson Jun 19 #9
Mrs. Ted Nancy Jun 19 #13
atreides1 Jun 19 #11
Blue_Tires Jun 19 #14
JudyM Jun 19 #15
Merlot Jun 19 #16

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:53 AM

1. Such bullshit.

Killer cops have got to go.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:20 AM

2. And he is still a cop and on the payroll

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:25 AM

3. Judge, jury and executioner all compacted into a single trigger finger....

operated by a brain of unknown stability, sanity, training or experience.

Same as any gun violence......

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 03:34 AM

4. May he reap the karma that

he deserves ... someday, somewhere, somehow.

He certainly evaded it in this instance. But ....

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:46 AM

7. There is no karma, what will happen is another unarmed black guy will be killed by police

What should happen is the cop's boss should be fired for keeping a murderer on the police force, the mayor should resign and the city should increase taxes to pay the dead guy's estate 10 billion dollars.

When will this stop?

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Response to Dorn (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:21 AM

10. The guy that got shot didn't die. n/t

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Response to Captain Stern (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:13 PM

18. He should NEVER have been shot in the first place.

He was no threat to anyone. He was lying on the ground with his EMPTY hands IN THE AIR.

THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY ANY MORE. COPS HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY IMMUNE TO ACCOUNTABILITY.

WELCOME TO trump's AMERIKKKA

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:22 PM

19. I agree with you.

But my post didn't really have anything to do with that.

My point was that in order for someone to be fired for keeping a 'murderer' on the police force, there should probably some evidence that someone was actually murdered. And if a city should increase taxes to pay the 'dead guy's estate 10 Billion dollars", there should actually be a dead guy. Isn't that how the whole 'estate' thing works?

You make a good point too, but I think you made it in the wrong place.

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Response to Captain Stern (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:39 PM

20. I didn't realize the man had lived.

Being as this was the South and the man was Black and unarmed and on the ground and essentially no threat to anyone . . .

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 06:32 AM

21. In fairness to the cop...

....he said he wasn't trying to shoot the Black guy, but rather the autistic kid.


Hmmm....on second thought, that really doesn't sound all that much better.

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Response to Dorn (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:23 AM

12. I agree.

But that will never happen. I can only get out of bed from one day to the next if I believe that whatever goes around eventually comes around. I have actually seen this happen, although never fast or complete enough to make up in any way for the injustice involved.

The fact that such injustice exists and continues to exist is something reprehensible. That it continues to occur in what some call "the best" and "the greatest" nation on earth is inexcusable.

We are very far from being "the best" or "the greatest."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:39 AM

5. "Aledda now faces up to a year in prison"

Yah. That's going to happen.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:44 AM

6. We need to change the laws

to make all cops face trial in a special tribunal and take it out of the local jury kangaroo courts.

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Response to NYMinute (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 10:39 AM

17. absolutely zero chance of that

surviving judicial scrutiny.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:53 AM

8. North Miami Police Department to fire officer after conviction

Jonathan Aledda found guilty of culpable negligence

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"The North Miami Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon that it has provided Officer Jonathan Aledda with a notice of intent to terminate following his conviction on one count of culpable negligence in the shooting of Charles Kinsey.

Effective immediately, Aledda’s status has been changed to administrative leave without pay, Maj. Annmarie Cardona said in a news release.

We respect the criminal justice system, and we are empathetic to the feelings of all who have been affected by this tragic incident. This case has impacted us all as a community," Cardona said."

https://www.local10.com/news/florida/north-miami/north-miami-police-department-to-fire-officer-after-conviction

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:15 AM

9. Onward and upward

Without a felony conviction, and despite losing his job, the shooter can move elsewhere in Florida; a deadly shooting probably qualifies him (or perhaps is a prequisite?) to run for Sheriff and get elected in some Florida counties.

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Response to otchmoson (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:42 AM

13. This was not a fatal shooting. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:42 AM

11. Great jury

I guess they figured that a trigger happy cop, has more value then a black man and and someone with a disability!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:58 AM

14. no surprises here...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 10:04 AM

15. Police depts need better training on handling ambiguous situations. "Shoot first" is absurd.

The victim states in the reporting that he asked the cop why he shot him when his hands were in the air, and the cop responds, “I don’t know.”

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 10:21 AM

16. Hopfully there will be a civil suit

They did the right thing in firing him, but my guess is he has a record or other indicators that he should never have been hired, or fired sooner.

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