How To Help Charles Kinsey, The Man Shot By Police While Attending To An Autistic Patient
News of yet another unarmed black man being shot by police is sending waves of grief and anger throughout the country. Thankfully, the victim is able to tell his story this time. Reports broke of Charles Kinsey's encounter with police after a video was released on Wednesday, showing the 47-year-old behavioral therapist lying on the ground with his hands in the air, apparently trying to talk police out of firing their weapons. According to Kinsey, he had been attempting to escort his wandering autistic patient back to a group home when police shot him. (The officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave pending an investigation.) If you're rightfully concerned, there are some ways to support Charles Kinsey.
Kinsey's case tells what has become an all-too-familiar story. Despite complying, according to Kinsey, the unarmed therapist was shot three times in the leg. While the details of the case are still emerging, the video appears to make one thing abundantly clear: Kinsey did everything to ensure that neither he or his autistic patient would be harmed, yet officers fired on him anyway.
When Kinsey asked why the officer shot him, he says, the policeman allegedly answered "I don't know."
For those looking to support Kinsey, there are a few options available. One action you could take would be to reach out to the North Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade State Attorney's office, who are investigating the case. Whether through a phone call, social media, or a letter, you can voice your concern that the investigation be carried out fairly.
As a behavioral therapist (let alone one who risked his life for his patient), Kinsey is obviously passionate about mental health care. He's worked at MacTown Panther Group Homes in Miami, Florida for more than a year, so another option for those looking to show their support would be to send a donation, flowers, or card to the facility.
In terms of his medical expenses alone, a GoFundMe page has been set up on his behalf. Though, it would likely be best to have the page verified by Kinsey or his family before donating. So far, the page says it has raised roughly $100 for Kinsey.
Of course, one last one way to support Kinsey — or anyone who suffers injustice at the hands of a broken system — is to simply stay vigilant in fighting that injustice. Even if you're unable to help Kinsey directly, peacefully pushing back against the system by making your voice heard is as good an option as any.
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