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Video: North Miami man shot by police while lying on the ground

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Video: North Miami man shot by police while lying on the ground

Dramatic video shows a police shooting an unarmed man lying on the ground with his hands up.

Cellphone video acquired by the Miami Herald shows Charles Kinsey lying in the middle of the street on Monday, telling police he doesn't have a weapon and asking them not to shoot.

Kinsey was taking care of a man with autism who was in the street, playing with a toy truck.

A police spokesman said police responded to a 911 call saying a man was threatening to shoot himself. Police arrived and started shouting orders, but the man did not comply, despite Kinsey's attempts to plead with him.

Police fired three shots, one of which hit Kinsey in the leg. The shooting itself wasn't captured in the video.

If police departments come out more and admit fault, that would probably go a long way.
Hilton Napoleon

Kinsey, who worked at nearby MacTown Panther Group Homes,  told WSVN he told the police officer: "Sir, there's no need for firearms."  He asked the officer why he got shot, and the officer answered: "I don't know."

Kinsey was not seriously wounded and is expected to be home Thursday. His lawyer, Hilton Napoleon, said he is already working on a settlement with the city of North Miami. 

Did police go too far in shooting Charles Kinsey?

The officer is currently on administrative leave, as is standard for the department. North Miami police haven't released any statements on the shooting. 

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