Hilton Napoleon(MIAMI) — An attorney for a man with autism who was placed in a psychiatric unit after witnessing another man get shot by a police officer is urging the Department of Justice to investigate the North Miami Police and state of Florida.

Matthew Dietz, the attorney for Arnaldo Rios, wrote a letter Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, claiming that Rios was placed in a facility “inappropriate for his needs” after the shooting. The Arc, a national organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, sent a letter to the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division on Thursday in support of Dietz’s request for an investigation. Arc said “it is vital that Mr. Rios secures an appropriate community placement as soon as possible.”

On July 18, Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist who worked with Rios at MacTown Panther Group Homes, where Rios lived, was shot and injured by a police officer while lying on the ground next to Rios. The shooting took place about 600 feet from the home.

The North Miami Police Department said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. The president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association said the scene “looked like [Rios] was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey,” according to the officers who responded to the call.

John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said the responding officers “saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey.”

“The officers all thought the individual had a firearm” and the officer who fired “was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said.

Kinsey’s discussion with the police while he was lying on the ground with his hands up was captured on video and later released by his attorney. Kinsey can also be heard explaining that he is a behavioral therapist and that the man sitting at his feet was holding a toy truck.

“At some point during the on-scene negotiation” with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-threatening injuries. No gun was recovered, police said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office are investigating.

Dietz claims Rios, 26, was placed in a police car for three to four hours after the shooting and “received no treatment or therapy” for his “intense trauma.” He has complained that the North Miami Police Department has “no training” or “ineffective training” in community relations with persons with disabilities.

According to Dietz, Rios was initially brought back to the group home, but was taken to a psychiatric ward at Aventura Hospital when he returned to the scene of the shooting, screaming and crying.

Rios remains “inappropriately placed and segregated from the community,” Dietz said, adding that the facility he’s in is “inappropriate for his needs.” Dietz said Rios “has not been offered alternate treatment or placements.”

Rios’ mother Gladys Soto said Thursday that her son is suffering from emotional distress after witnessing the shooting.

“He is going to need patience and love,” Soto told ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV.

A spokesperson for Florida Gov. Rick Scott told ABC News that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has started an investigation and “the Agency for Persons with Disabilities is working very hard to ensure the family has everything they need.”

Melanie Mowry Etters, a spokesperson for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, told ABC News, “We are diligently working with the family to find an appropriate and safe option.”

The North Miami Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Kinsey’s employer Clint Bower, the president and CEO of Mactown, a provider of services for people with disabilities, told ABC News last week that Kinsey is “our hero.”

Kinsey “did everything he was supposed to do, and was more concerned with protecting the individual he was responsible for than his own life,” Bower said.

Bower told ABC News Friday, “We eagerly await the results of this investigation, and most importantly that Arnaldo is able to recover from this tragedy.”

Jonathon Aledda, the officer who shot Kinsey, was placed on paid administrative leave last week. He said in a statement last week, “I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not.”

Kinsey told reporters Thursday that he is healing but feels mentally distraught.

As for Rios, “As long as he’s fine, my heart is content,” Kinsey added.

Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, said Thursday he is working with the city of North Miami to quickly and amicably resolve the situation.

Napoleon said last week, “There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don’t have a gun and that they’re a mental health counselor.”

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gregory Moore, 3rd MAW Combat Camera/Released(TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.) — An F/A-18C Hornet fighter jet crashed near Twentynine Palms, California, Thursday night, killing the pilot on board.

According to the Marine Corps, the pilot was conducting a training mission out of Air Station Miramar, just north of San Diego. The crash occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that the cause of the crash is currently under investigation. The pilot’s name has not been released.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is ready for Rio.

The ladies stopped by ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday as they gear up for the 2016 Summer Games.

“Well luckily, a lot of them had played in previous Olympics and lot of them were together in London so, there’s not a lot that you have to do that’s brand new and they’re all so unselfish and they all want to play together and they all want the same thing, so it makes it easy,” said head coach Geno Auriemma.

The team will be going for their sixth straight gold medal. Players Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings have won gold in Athens, Beijing and London.

“For some of us, it’s our fourth Olympics, some third, second,” Taurasi said. “It’s always a different group so it’s always exciting to see how we’re going to come together, what kind of team it’s going to be and I think we just have a group that’s ready, focused and to go down there and do work.”

Bird said this group is focusing on the journey ahead of them.

“The players that we played with before, they set the tone,” she said. “We’re just kind of following suit and we’re hoping we can show the younger players how to do it and like Di said, everyone team’s different. You know, just cause we won before, doesn’t mean we win again.”

As for the toughest competitor on the court, “If I had to pick one, I’d say Australia,” Taurasi said.

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PR Newswire/Mondelez International(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) — Luke Aikins has safely landed 18,000 parachute jumps so far in his 26-year career, but the elite daredevil is seriously upping ante in his latest stunt.

The 42-year-old aerial expert and third-generation skydiver will jump out of an airplane at 25,000 feet over Simi Valley, California Saturday evening with nothing but the clothes on his back.

Aikins will free-fall without a parachute for two minutes in an attempt to become the first skydiver to land safely in a net.

During the 126-second fall, twice the height as a normal dive, Aikins will rely solely on his body and wind currents to land on a 100-by-100 foot net suspended 20 stories above the California desert.

Aikins says he is aiming for a specific spot “right in the middle” of the target, an area one-third the size of a football field.

The net will be suspended some 200 feet above the ground, providing enough stretch to soften his landing without leaving room for the daredevil to bounce out.

Aikins completed his first tandem jump at 12-years-old and over the last 30 years has helped train some of the world’s most elite skydivers. He also worked as a stuntman for Marvel’s Ironman 3 film.

In the last six months, Aikins has made over 200 practice jumps as part of a meticulous planning and preparation routine that he says will allow him to pull off the daring jump safely.

Aikins said he has a special motivation to make it to the ground in one piece.

“I mean, I got a wife and a son,” he said, adding that his family will be waiting on the ground for him in Simi Valley Saturday. “I plan on being here for a long time, being a pain in his neck.”

All of Aikins’ practice adds up to the big moment Saturday night on live television. The event dubbed ‘Heaven Sent’ will broadcast on Fox at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Two of the four cases are in Miami-Dade County while the other two are in Broward County. None of the four individuals has traveled to Zika-affected areas. Sexual transmission has not been ruled out.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new report alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million between 2004 and 2014 on costly artwork.

The expenditures included more than $1 million for a courtyard with a large sculpture at a Palo Alto veterans facility; $330,000 for a glass-art installation; and $21,000 for an artificial Christmas tree, according to the report.

Open The Books, a nonprofit that claims to be the world’s largest private database of government spending, in conjunction with Cox Media used government data to examine the Veterans Affairs Department’s (VA) spending on art for their facilities in the decade ending in 2014.

Much of the spending occurred at a time when veterans were experiencing lengthy waits for treatment at VA facilities. After as many as 40 veterans died while seeking care at the VA’s Phoenix Healthcare System, the federal agency’s inspector general found in 2014 that lengthy waits for treatment might have contributed to the deaths but did not definitively cause them.

The Veterans Affairs agency admitted publicly around this time that its health care operations were overwhelmed and understaffed.

Now this new report is sparking fresh anger from both veterans and lawmakers.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican, wrote Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on July 26, demanding a “moratorium on art spending by the VA.” In his letter, Kirk mentioned that a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing last fall highlighted what he said were excessive expenditures, $6.3 million, by the VA on artwork at the Palo Alto Healthcare System.

A spokesperson for the Palo Alto facility told ABC News that it had more than $4 million in art contracts in 2013 and 2014, including for an installation on the side of a parking garage. The installation, meant to honor blind veterans, featured quotes by Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt in Morse code that light up. The irony, critics point out, is that a blind veteran would be unlikely to see the massive artwork that cost $280,000.

Sen. Kirk wrote in his letter to the veterans affairs secretary, “The VA has not taken the directive over a year ago to stop excessive, non-veteran spending on artwork.”

“A Congressionally approved process needs to be formally instated, so the American people are informed on how their tax dollars are spent,” he wrote.

The VA told ABC News that the department is developing a national art policy that will cover the commissioning of artwork.

“While we must be stewards of taxpayer dollars, we also know that providing comprehensive health care for patients goes beyond just offering the most advanced medical treatments. Artwork is one of the many facets that create a healing environment for our nation’s Veterans. We want an atmosphere that welcomes them to VA facilities, shows them respect and appreciation, honors them for their service and sacrifice and exemplifies that this is a safe place for them to receive their care,” the VA said in a statement.

The American Legion also defended the VA’s spending, saying the agency “only used money to purchase upgrades for hospitals that Congress approved and authorized.”

“We don’t want our hospitals looking like the inside of prisons,” Louis Celli, director of veterans affairs and rehabilitation at the American Legion said in a statement.

The VA operates the nation’s largest health care system, with over 1,700 health care facilities.

Its 2017 budget request is for $182.3 billion, and the department – the second largest U.S. government agency – serves more than eight million veterans, according to a VA website.

ABC News was not able to independently verify every contract that the report by Open the Books and Cox Media identified. Furthermore, the report did not delineate what other purchases could have been included in a contract that was also stipulated for artwork. However, ABC News was able to confirm that VA contracts showed spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars for individual sculptures and art installations at some facilities.

In addition, the statement that the VA provided to ABC News did not dispute any figures in the report.

Andrew Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of Open The Books, told ABC News he thinks there’s “a lot more” spending on art than the $20 million his organization found. He’s called for an investigation into Veterans Affairs procurement practices.

Andrzejewski has also questioned why the art gracing the walls of VA facilities is not designed and made by veterans themselves.

“Veterans tell me [theirs are] the stories that resonate with other veterans, not picturesque landscapes and sculptures they can’t see,” he said.

That’s not to say some of the art installations were not designed with veterans in mind.

Creative Machines Inc. was commissioned to build sculptures at a California facility for $305,000. A spokesperson for the company told ABC News that the firm interviewed veterans to capture their stories. Those accounts will be integrated into three, 10-foot tall, freestanding, stainless steel sculptures. Creative Machines Inc. also noted that the contract budget has since the start of the project been reduced to $286,500.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ASPEN, Colo.) — The nation’s top intelligence official called the hacking of the Democratic National Committee to potentially influence the upcoming U.S. election “a serious proposition,” but he urged an end to “the hyperventilation over this.”

“Was this to just stir up trouble or was this ultimately to try to influence an election? Of course, that’s a serious — a serious — proposition,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, Thursday.

Not only did the hack apparently allow the cyber operatives to steal opposition research on Republican nominee Donald Trump, but many suspect it led to the theft of internal messages that show efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Those damaging emails have since been released by WikiLeaks, agitating Sanders supporters at the start of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

“We don’t know enough [yet] to … ascribe a motivation, regardless of who it may have been,” Clapper said.

Clapper said the U.S. government is not “quite ready yet” to “make a public call” on who was behind the cyber assault, but he suggested one of “the usual suspects” is likely to blame. According to government sources, Russia is the most likely culprit.

Asked whether Russia might have intentions to undermine the U.S. political process, Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “paranoid” about the potential for revolutions in Russia, “and of course they see a U.S. conspiracy behind every bush, and ascribe far more impact than we’re actually guilty of.”

“They believe we’re trying to influence political developments in Russia, we’re trying to affect change, and so their natural response is to retaliate and do unto us as they think we’ve done to them,” he added.

In fact, according to Clapper, cyber warfare is not “terribly different than what went on during the heyday of the Cold War,” just with different tools and “a different modality.” And, he said, the U.S. intelligence community is now “at war” with Russia, conducting operations every hour of every day against Russia and other adversaries.

Nevertheless, Clapper said he’s “taken aback a bit by … the hyperventilation over” the hack of the DNC, adding in a sarcastic tone, “I’m shocked somebody did some hacking. That’s never happened before.”

The American people “just need to accept” that cyber threats and computer-based attacks are a major long-term challenge facing the United States, and he said Americans should “not be quite so excitable when we have yet another instance of it.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — A police officer and father of two is dead, and another cop is injured after they were shot in San Diego Thursday night.

One suspect has been taken into police custody. Police said they were searching for additional suspects.

The shooting happened after the two officers, both assigned to the gang unit, made a stop around 11 p.m. local time. The officers called for emergency cover and were shot multiple times, police said.

One officer died from gunshot wounds. The second officer was hospitalized for surgery. San Diego police said this morning that he is expected to survive.

Police did not say if the officers were ambushed.

.@ChiefZimmerman just left the hospital where our second Officer has just come out of surgery. He is expected to survive!!

— San Diego Police (@SanDiegoPD) July 29, 2016

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wildfire on California’s northern coast is gaining ground one week after it started, threatening an expanding number of homes and businesses. The blaze has destroyed 41 homes, seven of them in the last day, as it approaches 30,000 acres in size, with only 15 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

About 2,000 structures surrounding the wildfire are in danger, according to authorities, and the fire has also damaged power lines and interrupted electrical service. Several hundred people in nearby communities have left the area under mandatory evacuation orders.

#SoberanesFire [update] near Big Sur (Monterey County) is now 29,877 acres & 15% contained. https://t.co/FJ5RytUlty pic.twitter.com/vGsJLEf1C3

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 29, 2016

The fire continues to grow despite the efforts of more than 4,000 firefighting personnel who have been mobilized to the area, in addition to 392 fire enginess, 14 helicopters, 67 bulldozers and six air tankers, according to Cal Fire.

Our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Robert Reagan who was fatally injured while on the #SoberanesFire. pic.twitter.com/F3SfmE9Eqf

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 28, 2016

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Jared C Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The Sprint Cup Series will be in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN’s coverage of the race will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

For the second week in a row, Jeff Gordon will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who’s out with concussion-like symptoms.

Kevin Harvick is the points leader entering the race. He’s 24 points ahead of Brad Keselowski.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here the latest scores and winners:


Chi Cubs 3, Chi White Sox 1


Texas 3, Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 2, Boston 1
Minnesota 6, Baltimore 2


Washington 4, San Francisco 2
Colorado 2, N-Y Mets 1
Milwaukee 6, Arizona 4
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 5
St. Louis 5, Miami 4

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