The mother of an autistic man involved in a highly publicized encounter with North Miami police claims in court the officers assaulted and falsely arrested her son despite his mental disability.
Arnaldo Rios-Soto, who was 27 at the time, had wandered away from his group home in July 2016 and was playing with a toy truck in the street when his therapist, Charles Kinsey, found him and began to try to coax him back home.
Several police officers converged on the scene and drew their guns, being unsure what Rios-Soto was holding in his hand. In a scene captured on a cellphone video that soon when viral, Kinsey raised his arms and said, “All he has is a toy truck. … I am a behavior tech at a group home. There’s no need for guns.” Despite this, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey in the leg.
“Why did you shoot me?” Kinsey asked. The officer said, “I don’t know.”
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I think the shooter is the one who should have been institutionalized. What do you think?
US police are both unaccountable and trigger happy. That is a horrible combination.