Police commander fired over conflicting stories in shooting of unarmed man
By Brian Seay
Charles Kinsey, left, lies on the ground next to Arnaldo Rios moments before he was shot in the thigh on July 18, 2016. (Photo: YouTube)
A police commander in Florida was told Wednesday that he’s being fired after an internal affairs investigation revealed he misled the police chief about circumstances surrounding the shooting of an unarmed man last summer.
North Miami Police Cmdr. Emile Hollant was the highest ranking officer on the scene last July when SWAT member Jonathan Aledda opened fire on behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey, according to the Miami Herald.
Kinsey was lying on the ground in the middle of the road next to a 27-year-old autistic man, Arnaldo Rios, who had wandered from his group home. He was trying to get Rios to calm down, and asked him to get on his stomach. But Rios refused, and yelled at Kinsey, who tried to tell police that the shiny object the autistic man was holding was a toy truck. Aledda opened fire and struck Kinsey, but he survived.
An investigation from the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office revealed that Hollant had gone to his patrol car to get binoculars and was not at the scene when Aledda opened fire. Hollant said someone told him