NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – The Department of Justice is investigating the North Miami Police Department after a controversial shooting that made national headlines.
Cellphone video of the July 18 shooting of Charles Kinsey sparked the investigation.
Kinsey, a caretaker for an autistic man, is seen in the video lying on his back with his hands in the air moments before he was shot by Officer Jonathon Aledda.
At Kinsey's feet was his client, Arnaldo Rios, 23, who was holding onto a toy truck.
Officers said they were responding to a report of an armed man in the area, but no gun was recovered at the scene.
The DOJ said it is trying to determine whether the police-involved shooting violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Kinsey has filed a lawsuit against Aledda, seeking damages for the "pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress" he has suffered as a result of the shooting.
Aledda was placed on administrative leave with pay, as is standard in a police-involved shooting.