Success: Officer Accused of Shooting Therapist With Hands Up is Arrested

Target: Rick Swearingen, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Goal: Support the prosecution of police officer who shot an unarmed therapist trying to help his autistic patient.

Officer Jonathan Aledda allegedly shot and wounded a behavioral therapist who was trying to help a patient with autism return to a group home, and the officer is now facing attempted manslaughter and negligence charges. The therapist, Charles Kinsey, was unarmed and lying on the ground next to his patient with his hands in the air at the time when Officer Aledda shot him. Thanks to petitions like this one, something has finally been done.

An inquiry was undertaken by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Although officers were initially called to the scene under the impression that Kinsey’s patient was armed, officers determined over the radio that there was, in fact, no gun, and that the autistic man was simply holding a toy truck. Kinsey made this doubly clear when he lay down on the ground with his hands up, but according to a police union official, Aledda was still concerned for Kinsey’s life, and when he took the shot at Kinsey’s patient, he missed and hit the therapist instead.

Aledda now faces a felony charge of second-degree attempted manslaughter, and a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence. Sign below to support the steps taken to hold this officer responsible for his alleged actions.


Dear Commissioner Swearingen,

The arrest of the officer who reportedly shot an unarmed behavioral therapist is a necessary action in requiring accountability for such irresponsible and dangerous behavior. Therapist Charles Kinsey was trying to help his autistic patient when he was allegedly shot, and when he asked Officer Aledda why he shot him, Aledda’s answer was, “I don’t know.”

This is unacceptable for a member of the police force, who swore to protect and serve and who should be able to interact safely with unarmed individuals. I support the charges brought against Officer Aledda, who must take responsibility for his actions.


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Photo Credit: Keter Magick


  1. Gillian Miller says:

    I am aware that people do not understand autism but to try to shoot someone who is with their therapist who is obviously in a far better position to know if their patient is dangerous is appalling.

  2. Trigger happy cop?

  3. Heather Brophy says:

    This thing is not a police officer but an unstable want to be killer!

  4. One small but important step in getting dangerous cops off the street and into the prisons where they belong.

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    asd people deserve respect like others.

  6. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Finally, something being done to correct and huge wrong. This poor gentleman was doing everything he was asked by the cops, whilst protecting his autistic patient, and still got shot and wounded?
    There really needs to be a full independent investigation in the Police Forces across the nation. So many of these people are not fit to carry out their duties let alone a weapon. They are pulling down the professional Police Officers trying to do their jobs.
    Thank you for bringing justice to this chap. He did not ever need to go through this horror in his life!

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