A Big Step Towards Justice in the Charles Kinsey case
Miami Community Leaders See Progress in Miami-Dade County Prosecution of a Police Officer Office Jonathan Alleda
Miami, FL — Community residents and groups, including members of New Florida Majority, were pleased last week, when Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced that she would be charging North Miami Police officer Jonathan Alleda in the shooting of unarmed behavior therapist, Charles Kinsey.
Kinsey was shot last summer while lying on the ground with his hands up after venturing into the nearby road to assist his autistic patient. Rundle charged Alleda with a felony count of attempted manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence for his role in the July 2016 shooting.
“I’m happy to finally see our state attorney stand up for what’s right. I believe that this is a huge win for the justice for Charles Kinsey movement. Now that we have him charged, I hope that he is held accountable and convicted,” said New Florida Majority Lead Organizer, Valencia Gunder.
For the last nine months, NewFM has worked with local and national partners to organize protests, collect over 54,000 petitions and push the city and state attorney to fire and indict Alleda. Police officers involved in the incident provided conflicting statements, but prosecutors – after months of internal discussions and evidence reviews- determined that the use of force was not legal and that there was no threat involved. For the first time in State Attorney Rundle’s 23-year tenure, she charged an officer for an on-duty shooting.
While pleased with the indictment, NewFM Political Director Dwight Bullard echoed the feeling of many by saying that community residents would not be satisfied until Alleda is charged for his negligence, defiance for police protocol and complete lack of regard for human life.
“It’s good to see the truth come out in regard to the shooting of Charles Kinsey,” said Bullard. “It’s my hope that justice will prevail and that this will create a meaningful dialogue between the community and law enforcement and also create real change in community policing.”