NORTH MIAMI, Fla. >> A witness to this week’s police shooting of an unarmed black therapist says he tried to warn officers the autistic man sitting with the therapist was holding a toy truck.
Thomas Matthews says he watched the buildup to Monday’s shooting of Charles Kinsey by North Miami police officers through binoculars. He said he tried to tell an officer the object they seemed concerned about as the men sat in an intersection was a toy truck but she told him to get back. The officers fired three times, hitting Kinsey in the leg. He is recovering.
Kinsey said he was trying to coax the autistic man back to a home he had wandered from. Police said they had responded to reports of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself. No weapon was recovered. Authorities are investigating the shooting.