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Protesters stage sit-in at North Miami police headquarters, demand answers for shooting

Officer Jonathon Aledda was placed on administrative leave after shooting

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Protesters staged a sit-in at the North Miami Police Department headquarters on Monday to demand justice for Charles Kinsey and charges for the officer who shot him.

A week ago, Kinsey, a special needs therapist, laid on the ground with his hands in the air next to his patient Arnaldo Rios, who was holding a toy truck.

Kinsey was shot in the legs, despite screaming to officers that Rios was unarmed.

Officer Jonathon Aledda's is the four-year SWAT officer who fired his weapon, and has since been placed on administrative leave. 

His commanding officer, Emile Hollant, was suspended without pay for giving conflicting statements. 

The department released Hollant's personell file on Monday and two incidents stood out. 

From 2003 to 2005, a man complained that Hollant, who has been with the department for 15 years, used his position of authority to intimidate him, but that case was unfounded.

In 2004,  there was a road rage case in which a man claimed Hollant used an obscene gesture and pointed a gun at him in traffic.

The victim decided not to press charges.

Records show Hollant received all sorts of training, including training for elder abuse and discriminatory profiling, but no sign of special needs training.

As for Aledda, he received a merit-based raise from the department following a review in May. 

The review showed above satisfactory and outstanding reviews for his work performance.

"His overall level of performance during this rating period was of outstanding," the report said. "Officer Aledda reports to work with a clean and pressed uniform. He represents a good image for his peers and employees to follow."

The review describes him as being trustworthy, proactive and always seeking ways to "improve his skills."

In May 2014, an internal investigation was opened on Aledda after a man he'd arrested accused him of using excessive force. Those allegations were not sustained and he was exonerated of those charges.

City officials said changes to how officers are trained will be announced soon and that they expect the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to finish their investigation into the shooting within the next 45 to 60 days. 

Meanwhile, North Miami police are asking for witnesses and anyone with videos or photos of the shooting to come forward as the investigation remains active and open.

A Community meeting is expected to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday  at the Joe Celestin Center located at 1525 NW 135th St. 

Click here to read personnel files for both Aledda and Hollant.


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