SWAT Officer Jonathan Aledda shot an unarmed therapist, Charles Kinsey, who was trying to help an autistic boy on July 18, 2016 in North Miami, Florida.
Cell phone video of the incident — filmed by Hilton Napoleon — showed Kinsey lying on his back with hands in the air, begging the cops not to shoot his patient, Arnaldo Rios Soto, who was holding a toy. However, Aledda opened fire anyway.
Aledda was criminally charged by Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in 2017.
A jury acquitted Aledda of culpable negligence on March 15, 2019, but could not reach a verdict on the three other charges, tweeted Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle:
Jury acquitted N. Miami Officer Aledda on misdemeanor counts of culpable negligence, hung on three others for shooting at autistic man, wounding the man’s caretaker— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305) March 15, 2019
Amazingly, one of the jurors apologized to Aledda for not clearing him of all of the charges, which were caused by his reckless and dangerous actions, reported Ovalle:
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