Officer who shot unarmed group therapist identified, has clean record

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) – The personnel file of a North Miami police officer who shot an unarmed black therapist contains numerous commendations and only one complaint.

Jonathon Aledda’s file shows he has received outstanding annual evaluations from his bosses during his four years with the department and several commendations for his actions in the field, including his arrest of two robbery suspects in September 2014. He was named the city’s police officer of the month that October.

Only one complaint is in his file. A shop owner said Aledda shoved him against the wall and arrested him after other officers wrongly identified him as a robbery suspect. Aledda was cleared by internal affairs investigators who said he used reasonable force given the information he had.

Aledda shot therapist Charles Kinsey Monday while he was trying to coax an autistic man back to a group home.

A union official has said Aledda was aiming for the autistic man because he thought he was a threat, but the officer missed and hit the therapist. Kinsey is recovering.

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