Trial of Ex-North Miami Cop Accused of Shooting Unarmed Man Set to Begin

The trial of a former North Miami police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man in 2016 is set to begin Thursday.

The former officer, Jonathan Aledda, is charged with two felony counts of attempted manslaughter and two misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence for shooting Charles Kinsey in July 2016.

Prosecutors say Kinsey, a behavior therapist, was lying on the ground with his hands up when Aledda and other officers responded to the scene. Next to him was Arnaldo Rios Soto, a severely autistic man, who was in Kinsey’s care.

Officers had responded to the area along 127th Street near Northeast 14th Avenue after getting a call of a man with a gun. It turned out to be Soto holding a toy truck.

New Video Shows Scene of N. Miami Beach Cop Shooting Unarmed Man

[MI] New Video Shows Scene of N. Miami Beach Cop Shooting Unarmed Man

Prosecutors say Aledda fired three shots at Kinsey, hitting him once in the thigh. Kinsey recovered from the wound and is suing North Miami for the officer’s use of force. Aledda, who was a four-year veteran and on the city’s SWAT team, has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges he faces.