Black Lives Matter activists have been claiming police brutality and racism after 17-year-old Charles Smith was shot by a North Little Rock police officer on Sunday. Smith was a passenger in the back seat of a car that was pulled over for speeding and a headlight violation.
Now, police have released dashcam video that shows that Smith had a gun and tried to fire it on police officers prior to being shot.
“Since the incident, a great deal of erroneous information has appeared on social media outlets. … I want to make sure we clear that up today,” North Rock Police Chief Mike Davis said. “He was armed and we, in fact, had to take action because of that. I want people to see what happened.”
In the video, an officer can be heard asking “You ain’t got anything crazy on you, do you?” and “Why were you driving so dang-gummed fast, man?”
After searching the driver and the passenger riding shotgun, the patrolman turned his focus on Smith, asking the teen if he had weapons or marijuana. The officer also chit-chatted with Smith about his Nike Air Force 1 shoes, asking how he liked them.
Suddenly, the officer ordered Smith not reach for something. The cop warned him twice before the two wrestled. “I can’t go to jail,” Smith said.
“Get your (expletive) hand out,” the officer yelled before saying “It’s a (expletive) gun!”
The video shows Smith pointing the gun at the police officers, cocking it and firing it twice as he was pinned against the curb. Police had no other choice and opened fired on the teen, killing him.
Video of the altercation that resulted in Smith’s death is below.
Willard Proctor Jr. is the lawyer for Smith’s family. He said police showed them the video on Wednesday, but Proctor isn’t issuing any statements regarding the prior false information made about Smith being unarmed. We’re not at a point where we can make any conclusions,” he said.
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Source: Daily Mail