On Monday Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist worker who lives in Miami, Florida, was shot by police three times in the leg Monday all while attempting to assist an autistic patient who had run away from a group home where Kinsey is employed.
When the officers shot Kinsey he was on the ground with his hands in the air explaining that he was unarmed and that he was a therapist and the other man was an autistic patient of his. This is not just an account of Kinsey’s memory, the whole incident was video taped and shows that this is exactly what happened.
After being shot Kinsey remained in the same position, stating it felt as if he was stung by a bee and then asked the officer who shot him exactly why he had been shot. The officer responded that “he didn’t know why”.
Now while in the past shootings there could at least be some, while very little room for use of deadly force at the height of the situation because there unknown factors involved in some of the prior police shootings. However, this is not the case with Mr. Kinsey. He was shot while in a form of surrender, posed no threat and was cooperating.
Now while this is an individual case it should be used as an example of where excessive force was used. There is no reasonable explanation other than that. Was race a factor in the shooting? Well Kinsey is black male so yes it is.
The use of deadly force among black males may be lesser than that of white males in the past year which shows what? That the police plainly just use too much deadly force.
However it’s important to note that African-Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites which means more contact with law enforcement. It’s not always a death that results from police brutality sometimes like in Mr. Kinsey’s case it’s a hospital visit. But it easily could have been the morgue.
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