“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Khloé Kardashian took to Twitter to talk about Charles Kinsey, the unarmed black behavior therapist who was shot three times in the leg by North Miami police Monday — even though he followed the officer’s orders and held his hands up. Kinsey survived the shooting.
Kardashian, 31, shared three tweets Friday. In the first one she posted an article from the Washington Post, which said Kinsey was shot while his hands were raised. “Kinsey followed protocol and was calming down an autistic patient but was still shot by a police officer,” she wrote. The message was liked more than 1,500 times by her 21.3 million followers.
In her next message, she detailed to her followers what exactly happened, writing: “Kinsey (with his hands still up) ‘Why did you shoot me?’ Officer ‘I don't know.’”
Kinsey followed protocol and was calming down an autistic patient but was still shot by a police officer. https://t.co/6zIrKItXve
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) July 22, 2016
In Kardashian’s final message, she called Kinsey a “hero” and sent him her prayers. “This breaks my heart,” she wrote. “God bless you #CharlesKinsey for being a hero and a wonderful soul! Praise the Lord you are alive to tell your story.”
The officer in the shooting has not been identified, but the “I don’t know” answer got a revision from North Miami police chief Gary Eugene.
“Our officers responded to the scene with that threat in mind,” he said at a press conference Thursday, according to the Huffington Post. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking [Kinsey].”
Kinsey was shot by accident. The officer said he meant to shoot the man who was with Kinsey, a white man with autism. “Fearing for Mr. Kinsey’s life, the officer discharged his firearm trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life,” Miami Dade Police Benevolent Union president John Rivera said. “He missed and accidentally struck Mr. Kinsey. He thought the white male and his actions were such that he felt Mr. Kinsey’s life was in danger.”
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