The shooting of Charles Kinsey by Miami Police on July 18, 2016 has hit the vaccine-injury community hard. This post is different from most things I share on VaxTruth. It’s not about vaccines, but it is very relevant to vaccine-injury. Many of our children have been diagnosed with autism (iatrogenic autism is vaccine-induced brain injury).
When my friend Karmen shared the video and initial news story of Charles Kinsey being shot as he lay in the street with his arms in the air… with his client – a young man with brain injury, diagnosed as autism, sitting next to him… I felt sick.
Charles Kinsey identified himself to the police as a behavior therapist who works in the local group home. Mr. Kinsey told the police Arnaldo had a toy truck. “He has a toy truck. That’s all it is. There’s no need for guns.”
Mr. Kinsey was shot, even though he was doing everything right. He was then handcuffed and flipped over on his stomach, where he was left for 20 minutes (his estimate) on the scorching Miami pavement. Bleeding from the gunshot wound.
The immediate and obvious conclusion is that Mr. Kinsey was shot because he is black.
Karen’s comment to me: “I guess hiring strong black men to help with our aging vaccine injured boys puts our kids at risk.”
At the time when Karen made that comment, the statement by John Rivera, President of North Miami Police Benevolent Association, had not yet been released. In his statement, Mr. Rivera claims the officer fired three bullets intending to kill Arnaldo – the 23 year-old young man with autism, who was sitting cross-legged at the feet of Charles Kinsey, playing with his toy truck.
The spin on the situation by John Rivera, appears to be an attempt to dampen the outrage at what is clearly an unjustified shooting of an unarmed black man, by claiming instead that it was merely an unjustified shooting of an unarmed autistic man.
Because we all know there will be less outrage about the killing of our children.
I keep going back to Karen’s comment: “I guess hiring strong black men to help with our aging vaccine-injured boys puts our kids at risk.”
Does it put our kids at risk? Or does it put those amazing human beings who dedicate their lives to protecting our kids at risk?
I have worked as a behavior analyst with adults living in group homes. I have been called to respond to situations just like the one Charles Kinsey was responding to. The last call I took was in response to one of my clients, who happened to be a black male, who had become agitated and was standing in the middle of the street, waving his shoe around and yelling at passing cars.
Thankfully, by the time I got to the home, he had calmed down somewhat and was sitting outside on the deck. Thankfully, my client was verbal and was able to tell me what had upset him. He talked. I listened. He calmed. I thanked him. We spent some time together listening to Marvin Gaye (his favorite singer) on my phone. I left two hours later and the incident was resolved.
Charles Kinsey is a hero. He was in a terrible situation, trying to calm a young man who was outside of his normal environment, with the goal of getting him back home safely.
I’m sure that whoever called the police did so because what they saw was someone sitting in the middle of the street, and because “normal” people don’t sit in the middle of the street unless they are trying to kill themselves, that meant “that guy is trying to kill himself.” And since “that guy is trying to kill himself,” whatever he has in his hand must be a gun.
The police were told “there is a guy with a gun who is threatening suicide.” This appears to be the interpretation of whoever saw Arnaldo sitting in the street and called the police.
The police responded, based on what they had been told.
Things SHOULD HAVE CHANGED when they arrived and assessed the situation.
What did they see?
1. A black man, lying on his back with both hands in the air
2. A young man sitting cross-legged playing with a white object
What did they hear? (assuming they could hear as well as the cell phone video picked up, given that the cell phone was behind Charles Kinsey and when he was yelling to the officers they were in front of him)
1. “I am a behavior therapist at the group home.”
2. “It’s a toy truck. That’s all it is. There’s no need for guns.”
North Miami is reported to be a city of 64,000.
I worked in Evansville, Indiana, which is roughly double that size.
In the course of my work with group homes and individuals living in the community and on waiver services, I had more than a handful of encounters with the police. They knew about group homes, and they knew about the people who lived there. Thankfully, the officers I came in contact with were always helpful and never made the situations worse. They allowed me to do my job, and respected the fact that we were dealing with a human being who did not perceive things or process information the same way as “normal” people do.
The police officers I came in contact with gave me the respect I deserved and the space and time I needed to help my clients.
I am a white woman.