The family of Arnaldo Rios, an autistic man in his 20s, is arguing that police need better training to handle emergency situations involving people with mental disabilities.
"He's having night terrors. He's not sleeping. He's not eating. He's not the same anymore," Rios' sister, Miriam, said.
Nearly a week ago, a North Miami police officer shot Rios' caregiver, Charles Kinsey, in the leg after receiving a call about a man with a gun. It turns out the 911 caller mistook Rios' toy truck for a weapon. Cell phone video from the scene shows Kinsey lying down next to Rios with his hands up and yelling to officers about Rios' condition.
The officer who pulled the trigger said he thought Kinsey was in danger, and Rios was actually his target. A local police officers' association has maintained the officer couldn't hear Kinsey's calls during the incident.
However, Kinsey's lawyer has argued the officer told the caregiver he didn't know why he fired his weapon.
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