Charles Kinsey’s wife says she’s just glad her husband is alive and so is Charles. That’s because he recently became the latest unarmed black man to be shot by a police officer.
Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, had his hands up and was unarmed when police marksmen opened fire on him. This was after a 911 caller reported a man being threatened by another man with a gun.
Except there was no gun: Kinsey’s patient, who was with him, held only a toy truck in his hand.
Kinsey shared that information with police as he laid on the ground with his hands up and empty. And then he was shot by one of the responding officers. Luckily, Kinsey survived his injuries and is recovering in an area hospital.
Even more shocking, Kinsey said the police officer who shot him said he didn’t even know why he’d just shot Kinsey.
Video of the moments prior to the shooting have gone instantly viral.
That an unarmed, non-threatening, completely compliant black man has once again been shot by cops is sparking renewed outrage merely days after nationwide protests aimed at law enforcement shootings of black men have subsided. This latest incident has many people wondering once again, what can be done to stop the murder of black men by law enforcement, and is there any end in sight to the soaring homicides of men of color by people in uniform?
Said Mr. Kinsey to reporters:
“I’m going to the ground, just like this with my hands up. And I’m laying down here just like this. And I’m telling him again, ‘Sir, there’s no need for firearms. I’m unarmed, this is an autistic guy. He has a toy truck in his hand.’”
“When he shot me, it was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite. And when he hit me, I’m like, I still got my hands in the air. I said, ‘You know, I just got shot.’ And I’m saying to them, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ And his words to me, he said, ‘I don’t know.’”