The officer who shot unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey — as he tried to help his autistic patient in Miami has been identified as Jonathan Aledda.
Kinsey, as has previously reported, had laid down in the middle of the street with his hands raised in the air with his mentally ill patient by his side. Officer Aledda claims that he accidentally shot Kinsey when he was actually aiming for the autistic man. The violent episode between the white cop and unarmed black man has triggered an investigation.
What is even more interesting is that a second officer has been suspended and charged in the shooting.
Commander Emile Hollant has been charged with filing a false police report on the indicent after his colleague accidentally shot the unarmed therapist while “protecting him” from his autistic patient.
NBC Miami reports:
A North Miami police commander has been suspended for allegedly fabricating information about the shooting of an unarmed black therapist.
City Manager Larry Spring Jr. said Friday that commander Emile Hollant is suspended without pay.
Spring declined to give specifics about how Hollant allegedly fabricated information about Monday’s shooting of Charles Kinsey by Officer Jonathan Aledda.
“He totally violated his trust from the public to protect and serve by giving misinformation to this department,” North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin said at Friday’s news conference. ”
He not only jeopardized Mr. Kinsey’s life and the life of his client but he jeopardized the life of every police officer who serves this city.”
Hilton Napoleon, Kinsey’s attorney, said he was disturbed by Friday’s development.
“The fact that they were trying to cover this up initially is a huge problem,” Napoleon said.
Aledda has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
He is a four-year veteran and a member of the city’s SWAT team.