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BREAKING: North Miami Cop Arrested And Charged For Shooting Charles Kinsey

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.

AUDIO: North Miami Police Chief Tells FDLE How Dysfunctional Department Is

In audio recorded during a Florida Department of Law Enforcement interview with North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene in the aftermath of the Charles Kinsey shooting in July, 2016, Eugene outlined some troubling things about his department.

Eugene who took over as the North Miami Police Chief six days before the shooting of Kinsey made his department sound like a more crooked version of the Keystone Cops.

Some highlights from the audio obtained by the Miami New Times:

The cop who shot Kinsey knew the autistic kid was holding a toy and not a gun

“I [Chief Eugene] heard the shooter, Officer Aledda, make a statement to the nature of, ‘Be advised, I have clear shot [at] subject. Later on, a sergeant … got on the air and said, ‘I have a visual, it is a toy. Is it a toy? QRX.’ That means, ‘Stand by, don’t do anything.’ Then, there is a conversation back and forth. The next transmission was by [another officer saying] ‘Shot fired!’”

The North Miami police are horribly trained

“The scene was a mess, to be honest with you… People were walking all over the place. Thank God [Kinsey] did not die. I realized I have a problem with the training of my staff. We’re talking about some 15- or 16-year veterans, but in North Miami, a 15- or 16-year veteran may have less experience than a two-year cop in Miami.”

Some of the cops don’t like each other very much 

“I find out that that commander who got suspended and Angel Rivera, who was the commander at the scene- they don’t like each other, it is dangerous… I realized there is so much animosity among them that anything I say can be used for the officer against the officer.”

Chief Eugene was worried that his department couldn’t fairly investigate the shooting

“They were more concerned about clearing the officer of any wrong doing than actually conducting an impartial investigation… I realized the chemistry of what was going on. At that time I decided not to talk to anyone…because I have a better picture of what is going on in my department… it is sad but it is the reality.”

City Manager Larry Spring refused to listen to Eugene

“I said, ‘City Manager, I’m telling you, listen to this CD and make a decision based on this CD,'” Eugene said. “[Spring] slapped his hand on the desk and said, ‘You don’t understand what I’m telling you. Get control of your people!'”

Assistant Chief Larry Juriga lied to Eugene

From the Miami New Times story:

“Eugene said he immediately went to Spring and City Attorney Jeff Cazeau with the information. They all agreed to suspend Hollant. But on the drive home, Eugene had second thoughts. He recalled that Juriga and Hollant didn’t get along, so he decided to listen to the audio from the shooting himself. That’s when he realized Juriga had lied.”

The State Attorney’s Office is “Very Close” to coming to a decision on whether to indict Jonathan Aledda 

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office, told the Miami New Times that, “we are very close to coming to a decision” in the case.

A RISE NEWS investigation previously found that the cop who shot Kinsey had not been properly trained for how to deal with people who have developmental disabilities.

In fact, the North Miami police department does not any “specific policies” in terms of how its officers interact with people with disabilities, including autism.

Aledda shot unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey three times in the leg in a North Miami street. Kinsey was in the street trying to help an autistic patient.

Listen to the full interview:

 

READ MORE:

North Miami Police Have “No Specific Policies” For Dealing With People With Disabilities, FOIA Request Finds

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