North Miami Police claims to have targeted autistic patient instead of unarmed caregiver

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NORTH MIAMI, FL - Many questions surround a rash of recent police-involved shootings nationwide.  One in North Miami has many at a loss for words.

Officials are doing their best to explain why a cop shot Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man, who was lying on his back in the street with his hands in the air.

Police say Kinsey was the wrong target and took a bullet to the leg for his autistic patient who was playing with a toy after escaping his group home.

"It appeared to the officers that the white male was trying to do harm to Mr. Kinsey," says John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.

Kinsey's employer, Clint Bower says, "The PBA is now trying to say that they intended to shoot my client and accidentally shot my employee. To me, that's outrageous."

"Fearing for Mr Kinsey's life, the officer discharged his firearm trying to save Mr. Kinsey's life, and he missed and accidentally struck Mr. Kinsey," Rivera also claims.

North Miami police say the officer who shot Kinsey, Jonathan Aledda is on administrative leave.

Kinsey can be heard on cell phone video captured by a bystander, telling police on the scene his client had a toy.  Rivera says, officers didn't know the object was a toy.

"As Americans, we believe that if you do everything that the police tell you to do, that you will walk away unharmed; and that was not the case here, and that's why people are outraged," says Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon II.

With tensions as high as they are right now in the wake of police shootings, Kinsey deserves a better explanation for taking a bullet.

Napoleon adds, "They will be much better off saying sorry to my client and trying to acknowledge the fact that something went terribly wrong."