Protesters stormed North Miami’s police department to demand justice for a black man who was shot while his hands were in the air. The protesters shouted “Whose streets? Our Streets” before officers forced them out of the building.
According to local affiliate WSVN–the network that broke the story–the unnamed officer who shot Charles Kinsey has been placed on paid leave.
Protesters Storm North Miami Police Department Over Shooting of Therapist Charles KinseyClick to tweet
The officer released a statement on Thursday saying he did what he had to do “in a split second” by shooting Kinsey. Kinsey, a worker at a group home, was unarmed and only trying to help an autistic man who was playing with a toy truck.
As BreakingBrown previously reported, the officer claims he was actually trying to shoot the mentally disabled man.
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