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Police Misconduct Attorney Corpus Christi – A Police Commander in North Miami to be Fired in Connection with the Charles Kinsey Shooting

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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A SWAT team enters the CII building of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after the discovery of the body of Anson Tripp. See en:Body of alumnus found at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 18, 2016, Charles Kinsey, an African American, was allegedly shot in the leg by police as his hands were raised in the air on a North Miami street. Kinsey was trying to coax Arnaldo Rios, a 27-year-old disabled man, to go back inside his group home when the alleged shooting occurred. Rios was holding a silver tanker truck at the time, and police officers involved in the incident said they mistook the toy for a gun. The police allegedly fired three rounds, one of which struck Kinsey. An internal affairs investigation has been underway since the incident occurred. On Wednesday, June 15, 2017, the police commander in charge of the above-described scene was notified that he is being fired. The investigation concluded that the commander allegedly misled the police chief and hindered an investigation into the shooting.

The investigation concluded that Kinsey, a mental healthcare worker, was lying on his back, had his arms raised in the air, and was begging officers not to shoot when a member of the North Miami SWAT team allegedly fired his rifle and struck Kinsey in the leg. According to the investigation, the commander who has now been fired was in charge when this occurred, and Kinsey was being compliant with police commands.

When the alleged shooting occurred, Kinsey was lying next to Rios, who is severely autistic. Rios had been sitting in the middle of the street, playing with the shiny silver toy. The SWAT team member is among those who say they thought the toy was a weapon. He also said that he was aiming at Rios when Kinsey was allegedly shot. Kinsey survived the injuries sustained in the alleged police shooting.

The internal affairs findings, which were released Wednesday, basically allege that the commander gave false or misleading statements with regards to his whereabouts and involvement at the scene.

The commander claims that he has become a scapegoat in this incident and says that he hopes to be fully exonerated.

This has occurred during public backlash directed at the state attorney over alleged lack of prosecution of violent or corrupt law enforcement officers.

–Guest Contributor

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Texas Lawyer – The City of North Miami is Sued over an Alleged Police Shooting Involving a Disabled Man

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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North Miami FL Museum of Cont Art02 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The family of Arnaldo Soto, who has autism, is suing the City of North Miami in connection with an alleged police shooting that occurred on July 18, 2016. The family claims that the disabled man’s civil rights were violated on the day authorities allegedly shot his caregiver. Charles Kinsey, the man who was shot, is also suing the city.

Soto was in the street with Kinsey on the day the incident occurred. Authorities say Kinsey was attempting to talk Soto into going back into his group home. Soto was holding a silver tanker truck toy. Police officers said they thought the toy was a weapon, and they allegedly fired three shots. Kinsey was struck in the leg as his hands were raised in the air. After the alleged shooting, Soto was taken to the police department to be interrogated.

Just on Monday of this week, the police interrogation of Soto was finally released by the police department, which is close to a year after the disabled man was handcuffed and transported to the North Miami Police Department. It’s clear in the surveillance video that Soto was unable to communicate. He asked at one point to have the handcuffs removed, and the police denied his request.

Family members expressed that they were disheartened watching the video. They say the police should have been able to recognize that Soto had autism.

The police officer who allegedly shot Kinsey was charged with attempted manslaughter in April of 2017. Later, after that announcement, prosecutors said they were upgrading the charges to include culpable negligence and an additional attempted manslaughter.

Family members say they are hoping their lawsuit will help to effect changes regarding how developmentally disabled people are viewed.

–Guest Contributor

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Police Allegedly Kill a Black Unarmed 15-year-old in Balch Springs, Texas

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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W. W. Samuell High School serves a portion of the DISD section of Balch Springs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday night, April 29, 2017, a police officer in Balch Springs, Texas, allegedly killed a black 15-year-old boy when he fired into a vehicle full of teenagers. Community leaders released the victim’s name; the deceased was Jordan Edwards, who was a freshman attending Mesquite High School.

The Balch Springs Police Department (BSPD) posted a media release on Facebook about the deadly encounter. According to BSPD, there isn’t a lot known about the altercation. Allegedly, the vehicle that was full of teenagers was backing down Baron Drive in an aggressive manner. A police officer shot at the vehicle, and it struck the passenger in the front seat. The person who was struck was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. Investigators have verified that Edwards was a passenger in the car, but early on, they did not release the name of the victim.

The name of the officer who allegedly shot the teen has not been released by police either. An internal investigation is being conducted by Balch Springs, though the lead on the case is being taken by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

In more recent news, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber admitted that the vehicle Edwards was in was first in reverse but was then driving away from law enforcement officers going forward, fleeing the scene, when the officer shot into the vehicle with a rifle and struck a teenager in the head.

Social media has been a catalyst for bringing people together in a quest for justice, and justice for the black community in particular, especially with regard to interaction with members of law enforcement. The officer in this case has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure and should not be taken to indicate that the officer did anything wrong.

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