“Moments before North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda shot unarmed behavioral technician Charles Kinsey last July 18, another cop on the scene warned there was no gun, only a toy.”
Wow. I am infuriated and there is no way for me to constructively express it… I’ve got to take a couple hours break, but this is SO DAMN IMPORTANT!
Remember the Black male therapist who was laying on the ground with an autistic child who had a fake gun, and the Black therapist got shot? As if that and any/all “excuses” (though you can’t “excuse” some things, no matter what you say) were not straight up lies and a racist slap in the face; we now have the audio released online of the shooting. It proves what we all knew, it proves that cops are indeed targeting the Black community from some absurd racist … “reason” for lack of better word.
All of his lies were recorded and he has been caught lying, by his department and by all people who have a good, caring heart. On sound cloud, we can hear this cops true statements at the time of the shooting, including that he knows the gun is indeed a toy gun, but that didn’t matter. He still aimed and shot. Click here to go to sound cloud and listen to this sickening BS… which I fear is but an example of the common kind of thoughts the majority of cases where the victim ends up severely hurt, or worse, dead.
Hmmm I wonder what is going to happen to this cop? 😐 ….. I won’t hold my breath in hoping for some accountability, for once. I also want to note, he mentions fear of cops not protecting “communities” as well as their fellow cops and self, due to fears. This is a nationwide white privilege, racist belief I’ve been following for months now…And I’ll be explaining and exposing shortly.
Below is an article and links. I will return later to share continued hellish facts on racism, past and present, video and written.
After the shooting, an assistant chief repeatedly lied to the police chief, and City Manager Larry Spring ignored vital evidence.
Moreover, the crime scene was mismanaged, and the police department and city government were in disarray and plagued by infighting.
Those are among the stunning revelations in an hourlong audio recording of North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene’s interview with Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigators, which was obtained by New Times Tuesday.
The shooting of Kinsey, who was caring for an autistic man, became a national flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement thanks to cell-phone footage that showed him with his arms in the air while, lying on the ground, and begging police not to shoot just before he was hit in the leg.
The revelations in Chief Eugene’s interview raise a burning question: Eight months after the shooting and four months after state investigators closed their probe, why has Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle still not charged anyone involved?
“We are very close to coming to a decision,” says Ed Griffith, a spokesperson for Rundle’s office.
“It’s pretty damning what’s in that tape,” says Michael Joseph, an attorney representing Emile Hollant, a North Miami Police commander who was suspended after the shooting and who is suing the city over his discipline. “The police chief outlines rogue officers in that department and other rogue officials. Something has to be done about this. The city has to do the right thing here and clean house.”
After the shooting, union officials justified Aledda’s actions by saying he thought the autistic man with Kinsey had a gun, not a toy truck. But Eugene’s interview with FDLE contradicts that claim. (This past Tuesday, the North Miami Police public information officer declined to comment on behalf of the city manager, Spring.)
“I heard the shooter, Officer Aledda, make a statement to the nature of ‘Be advised, I have clear shot [of] subject,'” Eugene said, describing the audio of the police radio just before the shooting. “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!'”
Eugene’s description comes in an hour long interview that centers on the bizarre aftermath of the case. He doesn’t pull punches about the state of the department. Eugene, a veteran City of Miami cop who had been sworn in as chief only six days before the Kinsey shooting, says training was lax and infighting rampant.
“The scene was a mess, to be honest with you,” he tells investigators of the Kinsey shooting. “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.”
Fights in the department were so bad, Eugene said, that he worried his cops wouldn’t even be willing to protect one another, much less the community.
“I’m afraid one of them will get shot, for God’s sake, and someone will call for backup and they’ll say, ‘I’m not going,’ just to tell you how much the animosity is,” he said.
Much of Eugene’s interview revolves around the suspension of Hollant, a commander who was present at the shooting. The chief paints a dark picture of department infighting, collusion, and incompetence on the part of city officials.
Three days after Kinsey’s shooting, North Miami city officials held a news conference announcing that, in addition to suspending Aledda, they had also suspended Hollant. In fact, they were suspending Hollant without pay, while Aledda would be on paid leave. Why? According to City Manager Spring, Hollant had lied to Eugene at the scene by telling him he hadn’t witnessed the shooting; in fact, Spring claimed, audio proved Hollant was there.
But Eugene tells a very different story in his interview. He says Hollant was actually suspended as part of a plot by Assistant Chief Larry Juriga, who had an ongoing feud with Hollant.