It took less than 24 hours for a police union president to spin the story of how a North Miami police officer shot a man with his hands in the air.
The cop was actually trying to kill the autistic man holding the toy truck in order to prevent him from killing his caretaker with the toy truck.
At the time, the cop was still under the impression that the toy truck was a gun, so he wasn’t taking any chances.
This despite the fact that caretaker Charles Kinsey had repeatedly told officers that it was a toy truck.
“The movement of the white individual looked like he was getting ready to discharge a firearm into Mr. Kinsey,” said Miami-Dade police union boss John Rivera in a press conference today, attended by WSVN.
And the officer discharged trying to strike and stop the white male and unfortunately, he missed.”
Rivera went on to slam the media for reporting on this story.
“Be responsible in your reporting,” Rivera said in the press conference.
“We’re asking the community to please allow facts — not sensationalism, not politics — facts to allow to work their way through the system.”
But how about being responsible for who you shoot? Is that too much to ask?
The officer’s name has not been released, but he will probably be hailed a hero for trying to protect the caretaker, maybe even receive an award.
Although part of the incident was captured on cell phone video, it does not appear that the actual shooting was captured, which allowed Rivera to create his own scenario.
After all, the video that we did see shows the autistic man making no such movement.
Below is Rivera’s entire spin job in a video recorded by the Miami Herald.
UPDATE: The cop who shot Kinsey has been identified as Jonathan Adella, who was named “Officer of the Month” in September 2013.