Mother of autistic man victimized in North Miami police-involved shooting files federal lawsuit

The mother of an autistic man whom she claims was victimized in a controversial police-involved shooting in North Miami filed a federal lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade County.

The lawsuit was filed against the city of North Miami, as well as Officer Jonathon Aledda, who is accused of shooting the then-27-year-old's caretaker. Officers Kevin Warren, Angel Requejado and Kevin Crespo, as well as Detective Michael Gaudio, are also named in the complaint.

The complaint alleges that Arnaldo Rios was held by police for several minutes for questioning after the July 18, 2016, shooting, although he was obviously not capable of properly communicating with them about the events of the shooting.

Video of the questioning shows Rios, who was handcuffed, answering "yes" to every question that a detective asked.

Cellphone video shows Rios' caretaker, Charles Kinsey, lying on his back shortly before the shooting with his hands in the air in the area of Northeast 14th Avenue and Northeast 127th Street. Rios was sitting next to him, holding a toy truck.

Police said they were called to the area about a man who was walking around with a gun and threatening to commit suicide.

Kinsey is heard in the video telling officers that he is unarmed.

Authorities said Aledda was behind a car, 152 feet away from the scene, when he shot Kinsey.

Kinsey, who was Rios' behavioral therapist at the Miami Achievement Center for the Developmentally Disabled, survived the shooting.

Kinsey has also filed a lawsuit against Aledda, seeking damages for the "pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress" he suffered as a result of the shooting.

Aledda was charged in the shooting earlier this year and faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted of attempted manslaughter and up to a year in prison if he is found guilty of culpable negligence.

Rios' mother is seeking a judgment on behalf of her son for "compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees, prejudgment interest and any further relief the court deems equitable and just."

The complaint seeks a jury trial.

 

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