MIAMI (WSVN) - Jury selection has started for the case against a North Miami Police officer charged in the shooting of an unarmed behavioral therapist.
7News cameras captured potential jury members filing into a Miami courtroom, Monday morning.
In July of 2016, Officer Jonathan Aledda shot and injured Charles Kinsey, who was in the street with 27-year-old Arnaldo Soto, a resident on the autism spectrum who had left his care facility with a silver toy truck in his hand.
Jury selection for the case against Aledda took place Monday morning, almost three years after the incident.
“The lawyers and I will be conducting jury selection,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alan S. Fine.
North Miami Police responded to the scene of the two men after witnesses claimed there was a possible suicidal man with a weapon.
Kinsey was seen lying on his back on the street with his hands in the air as he said, “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
Radio traffic between officers revealed confusion about what Soto had in his hand, and whether he was loading a weapon.
Dispatcher: “Verify that it looks like he is loading up his gun.”
Officer 1: “He is loading up his weapon.”
Dispatcher: “All units use caution. The subject is now holding up his weapon.”
Officer 2: “Units to the south, look out for crossfire.”
Dispatcher: “Units to the south, look out for crossfire.”
Aledda was later arrested, facing charges of attempted manslaughter and culpable negligence.
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