Black therapist shot while protecting autistic man sues cop

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Posted: Aug 04, 2016 7:26 PM

MIAMI (AP) — An unarmed black therapist is suing the Florida police officer who shot him while he tried to protect his autistic client.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/2ayoj7r ) Charles Kinsey filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against North Miami officer Jonathan Aledda, accusing him and other officers of using excessive force and false arrest.

The 47-year-old Kinsey is seeking unspecified damages. Aledda shot Kinsey in the leg July 18 as he lay in the street next to his 27-year-old client. Arnaldo Rios had walked away from the group home where he lives. Kinsey was trying to coax him back when a woman called 911 saying a suicidal man was walking down the street with a gun. Rios was actually carrying his toy truck.

A cellphone video captured events leading up to the shooting.