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Jury Deliberates in Trial of North Miami Officer Accused of Shooting Unarmed Man

Jury deliberations continued Friday in the trial of a North Miami Police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man in 2016.

Officer Jonathan Aledda is charged with two felony counts of attempted manslaughter and two misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence in the July 2016 shooting of Charles Kinsey.

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 man with severe autism, 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 silver toy truck.

North Miami Officer Takes Stand in Shooting Trial

Aledda testified earlier this week that he thought the object Soto was holding was a gun.

“It appeared it could be a gun as described on dispatch, it was a silver object that reflected in the sun,” Aledda testified. “I thought it was a gun.”

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 and is on leave from the department.

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