Jonathan Aledda, the on duty North Miami police officer who shot an African-American behavioral therapist, who was tending to his autistic patient, has been arrested and charged with a felony count of attempted manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge.

Aledda is the first ever on duty cop that State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has charged for shooting someone according to The Miami Herald.

The Miami-Dade police union came out strongly against the decision to charge Aledda.

“In this case, we’re going to be able to show how politically motivated, vindictive and incompetent that the state attorney is” Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera told the Herald. “The law is a very simple thing – intent. They’re never going to be able to prove that this guy acted maliciously or recklessly in any way.”

Aledda was over 150 feet away from where Charles Kinsey and his autistic patient were during the incident, which became a national story, when he decided to shoot.
At the time, the Miami-Dade police union said that Aledda had not tried to shot Kinsey, but rather his autistic patient.
The State Attorney’s office said that there were officers only 20 feet away from the scene who did not feel threatened and that Aledda “was not in a position to correctly assess the situation or in a position to accurately fire.”
This is a developing story.

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