North Little Rock police released footage of a 17-year-old pulling out a gun and shooting at officers before being fatally shot himself.
The incident unfolded during a traffic stop showing Charles Smith opening fire early Sunday. Police Chief Mike Davis told The Associated Press that he hopes by releasing the footage, it would dispel misinformation that Smith was unarmed.
“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,” Davis told AP.
Smith was a rear-seat passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by an officer for speeding and a headlight violation.
In the dashcam video, the officer tells the driver to step out of the car and asking, “You ain’t got anything crazy on you, do you?” He then asks, “Why were you driving so dang-gummed fast, man?”
The officer searched the driver and the front-seat passenger before searching Smith. He asked him about weapons, marijuana, and the Nike Air Force 1 shoes he was wearing.
He then told Smith not to reach down for something before they wrestled on the ground. “I can’t go to jail,” Smith said.
Arkansas Online reported that Smith had a 5 p.m. curfew. It was reported that he had participated in three armed robberies in three counties. In those robberies, victims were pistol-whipped.
Smith was also considered a suspect in three other holdups in Arkansas between Dec. 3, 2016, and Jan. 4, 2017, according to the report.
“Get your (expletive) hand out,” the officer told Smith. He then said, “It’s a (expletive) gun.”
Willard Proctor Jr., the lawyer for the family, said that police showed the dashcam footage to his family.
“We’re not at a point where we can make any conclusions,” Proctor told AP.
Davis said that the officers involved in the shooting didn’t have body camera.
“Misinformation gets out that says … the subject wasn’t armed, the subject didn’t shoot,” Davis said. “He was armed and we, in fact, had to take action because of that. I want people to see what happened.”
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