Four days after Charles Kinsey was shot in North Miami, police officials have identified the cop who shot him. Jonathan Aledda, a SWAT team member with four years on the job, fired the shot that hit Kinsey, a black behavioral technician who was unarmed and trying to assist an autistic man.
Police also announced that another, high-ranking officer, Commander Emile Hollant, had been suspended without pay after he gave "conflicting" statements to investigators about the shooting.
The city declined to say specifically what statements Hollant had made, citing the information as part of an "ongoing investigation."
"This will not be tolerated," Spring said of Hollant's changing testimony.
North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph, who had yet to give a statement on the shooting, opened the news conference with a firm declaration that justice will be served in the case. Joseph, a doctor, sent Kinsey his sympathies.
"As your mayor of this great city of North Miami, I can assure you that we will go wherever the truth takes us," he said. "I can assure you that the community will stay informed at all times. I have made it clear that I will not go against anything that goes against the process — that is, the process of obtaining truth in this matter."
He then stressed that the city will remain "transparent" throughout the investigative process.
Two North Miami city councilmen, Philippe Bien-Aime and Scott Galvin, also spoke to reporters. In a departure from the norm during recent police shootings nationwide, both council members had harsh words for the officers involved in the shooting.
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"The City of North Miami shall not and will not tolerate any bad behavior from our police officers," Bien-Aime said. "I want, and hope, that justice will be served. In North Miami, the relationship between the police and community has always been great, and we cannot let one incident destroy that relationship."
Galvin then bit into Hollant, the commander who has been suspended.
"There will not be any coverups in the City of North Miami," Galvin said. "The police officer who you've just heard named who has been put on leave totally violated his trust from the public to 'protect and serve.' By giving misinformation, he not only jeopardized the life of Mr. Kinsey and his client, but he jeopardized the life of every police officer who serves this city. We will not tolerate those types of behavior."
He stressed again: "We will not tolerate false and misleading information from a department that has decades' worth of positive history behind it." He then apologized to Kinsey.