Department Working to Fire North Miami Cop Involved in Caretaker Shooting - NBC 6 South Florida

Department Working to Fire North Miami Cop Involved in Caretaker Shooting

Jonathan Aledda placed on administrative leave without pay and given a notice of intent to terminate, department says

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    Therapist to React to North Miami Cop's Trial

    Charles Kinsey, the man who was shot by North Miami cop Jonathan Aledda, is expected to react to Aledda's verdict. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

    (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)

    The North Miami Police Department is working to fire an officer who was convicted of a misdemeanor but acquitted of attempted manslaughter for shooting at a severely autistic man and wounding the man's caretaker.

    Officer Jonathan Aledda was found guilty Monday of culpable negligence in the 2016 shooting of caretaker Charles Kinsey and faces up to a year in jail but was acquitted on the more serious charges.

    In a statement Tuesday, the police department said Aledda was placed on administrative leave without pay and was given a notice of intent to terminate.

    "We respect the Criminal Justice System, and we are empathetic to the feelings of all who have been affected by this tragic incident. This case has impacted us all as a community," the department said in a statement. "The North Miami Police Department will continue its mission of building community trust and partnerships. Together, we will progress through healing and peace."

    Following North Miami Cop's Verdict in 2016 Shooting

    [MI] Following North Miami Cop's Verdict in 2016 Shooting

    A jury found Jonathan Aledda not guilty of attempted manslaughter but guilty of culpable negligence in the 2016 shooting of a therapist, so what does that mean for his future at the North Miami Police Department? NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia reports.

    (Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019)

    Kinsey was trying to protect 27-year-old Arnaldo Rios Soto when he was shot. Rios fled his group home carrying a shiny silver toy truck and Kinsey went after him. Rios sat down in the street, playing with the truck, and a passer-by reported he was possibly armed. Police soon surrounded Rios and Kinsey at a residential neighborhood intersection.

    Video taken by a bystander showed Rios sitting with the truck. Kinsey lay on his back next to him with his hands in the air, begging officers not to shoot. Rios shouted "shut up." The video ended before the shooting.

    Aledda, armed with a rifle, took cover behind a car 50 yards away. Two officers who were closer to Kinsey and Rios said they could tell the silver object was a toy, but a commander radioed that it appeared Rios was reloading.

    North Miami Officer Takes Stand in Shooting Retrial

    [MI] North Miami Officer Takes Stand in Shooting Retrial

    A North Miami police officer facing retrial for allegedly shooting an unarmed man in 2016 took the stand once again in his own defense Monday. Officer Jonathan Aledda gave testimony about the July 2016 shooting of Charles Kinsey from his perspective. Kinsey, a behavior therapist, was shot after officers responded and found him with Arnaldo Rios Soto, a man with severe autism, who was in Kinsey’s care.

    (Published Monday, June 17, 2019)

    Aledda fired three shots at Rios. Two missed but one hit Kinsey in the leg.

    Aledda testified Monday that he thought it was a hostage situation and he needed to fire to protect Kinsey and his fellow officers.

    "It appeared he (Kinsey) was screaming for mercy or for help or something. In my mind, the white male had a gun," Aledda testified

    Verdict Reached in Jonathan Aledda Trial

    [MI] Verdict Reached in Jonathan Aledda Trial

    North Miami cop Jonathan Aledda was found not guilty of attempted manslaughter in the retrial of the 2016 shooting of a behavior therapist. He was found guilty of culpable negligence. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

    (Published Monday, June 17, 2019)

    Prosecutor Don Horn called the verdict "fair," while Aledda's attorney said he was disappointed.

    "We thought he should have never been charged," Douglas Hartman said. A March trial had ended with a hung jury.

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