NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - The North Miami police officer who shot an unarmed man, Monday, was identified as 30-year-old Jonathan Aledda, Friday.
North Miami’s city manager made the announcement, Friday morning, and the police department released Aledda’s personnel file.
The file included multiple commendations for going beyond the call of duty. Aledda’s most recent performance review also included positive descriptions.
“Dependable, reliable and a trustworthy employee,” the supervisor wrote. “A good image for his peers and employees to follow.”
Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera came to Aledda’s defense by saying that the officer was trying to shoot the autistic man that was with the victim, Charles Kinsey. The autistic man was holding a toy truck that officers believed was a gun.
“Unfortunately, he missed,” Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera said. “His shot went astray.”
Aledda was named officer of the month twice as a cop.
However, Aledda has been under investigation before. In 2013, he was accused of officer misconduct after responding to a call of an armed robbery and arresting the owner of the business, a victim, in October of 2013. Aledda was exonerated in that case.
City officials have created a panel to improve community relations.
“Justice will be served,” North Miami Mayor Dr. Smith Joseph said, Friday. “I assure you that we will go wherever the truth takes us.”
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