Mother of Autistic Man Caught Up in Florida Police Shooting Says Her Son Is Traumatized
The mother of an autistic Florida man caught in the controversy surrounding the shooting of his caretaker is speaking out.
What's more, Gladys Soto, whose son Amaldo Eliud Rios Soto was the man beside unarmed mental health worker Charles Kinsey when he was shot in the leg by police, says her son is traumatized.
Soto, 60, told the Miami Herald that her son wandered off from his group him recently, as he did the dad Kinsey was shot, and planted himself in the same spot in North Miami road.
“I hate the police. I hate the police," Soto said her son repeated while rocking himself back and forth.
Soto's son, who is 26, has been diagnosed with a serious form of autism as a child and is mostly non-verbal.
“I feel like my wings have been cut off, and it’s the end of everything,” Soto told the Herald Saturday. “It’s too emotional to see your baby caught up in something like this.”
The incident has many people in North Miami and beyond demanding answers in a country already tense following the caught-on-video killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana at the hands of police.
Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was shot in the leg after somebody called 911 to report a man sitting in the road and holding a gun, on Monday.
Kinsey was helping Soto, who is his patient, at the time. The incident was captured on cell phone video and quickly went viral after it hit the web.
The cop says he was aiming at the autistic man but missed and hit Kinsey, who had his hands up while trying to explain that the patient was holding a toy truck, not a weapon.
"I took this job to save lives and help people," Officer Jonathan Aledda said in a statement released Thursday. "I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not."
On Friday, Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera said: “The movement of the white individual looked like he was getting ready to charge a firearm into Mr. Kinsey and the officer discharged, trying to strike and stop the white male, and unfortunately, he missed.”