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Family: Autistic Man Traumatized After Police-Involved Shooting

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- While most of the attention in the North Miami Police shooting has been focused on Charles Kinsey, another family has also been dealing with the pain of this shooting.

CBS4 news partners Univision spoke with Gladys Soto, the mother of the 24-year-old mentally-challenged man seen in a video that's now received national attention.

"He's a baby in a man's body," Soto says. "He's been treated like a piece of trash. He's a human."

Her son lives with autism and she says Monday's shooting has left him traumatized -- in the hospital and medicated -- repeating "blood" and "shoot" over and over.

"I pray to God that this isn't real. I pray that when I wake up Lord this won't be real," says Soto.

The same thoughts went through Odilon Celestin after his experience with Jonathan Aledda, the officer identified in Kinsey's shooting.

"I see my door open, my light on, my TV, everything on, and I called 911," says Celestin.

He says two white men had broken into his King Creole restaurant, off Dixie Highway. But when officers arrived, Celestine says Aledda assumed he was the bad guy.

"Police officers don't even ask me what happened," he says. "The police officers just start pushing me and handcuffed me, and push me on the wall and slap me everywhere."

He filed a complaint with the North Miami Police Department. In that internal investigation report, another officer said when he arrived, "The black male subject was handcuffed first and was the only subject handcuffed."

Celestine was taken into custody and later police said in their report, "It was determined by officers that Mr. Celestin was the owner of the business that officers responded to and that Mr. Celestin was the victim..."

Aledda was exonerated of any wrongdoing, but this businessman says he still lives in fear after his experience.

"Same police officer shot somebody. Same day I see that, I say, oh my God."

He says he hopes justice is served, while Soto wants it known that her son's life is precious.

"It's as if his life, because he's special, wasn't worth anything."


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