Khaleda Rahman, Daily Mail, January 9, 2018
Police have released a dramatic dashcam video that shows a 17-year-old pulling a gun and firing it at cops before officers shoot him dead in Arkansas.
Smith was a rear-seat passenger in a car pulled over for speeding and a headlight violation in North Little Rock, Arkansas, just after 1am on Sunday.
The clip shows him wrestling with an officer and while on the ground, pointing his gun at officers, firing it once and cocking it again before the officers fired a fatal shot.
North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis said he hopes releasing the video will dispel ‘misinformation’ that Charles Smith was unarmed during the confrontation.
‘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 said.
The five-minute video shows a patrolman tell the driver to step out of the car, 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 a front-seat passenger, the officer searched Smith and asked about weapons, marijuana and his Nike Air Force 1 shoes.
‘How do you like them?’ the officer said, chit-chatting during a pat-down.
After twice telling Smith to not reach for something, the two suddenly wrestled to the ground.
‘I can’t go to jail,’ Smith cried out. An officer’s attempt to use a Taser failed.
‘Get your (expletive) hand out,’ an officer told Smith, whose hands were out of the camera’s view. Then the officer yelled, ‘It’s a (expletive) gun.’
The video shows Smith pointing a handgun at officers, cocking it while his right hand is pinned against a curb, firing it, and then cocking it again. The officers then opened fire, killing Smith.
A lawyer for Smith’s family, Willard Proctor Jr., said police showed the video to the teenager’s relatives earlier Wednesday.
‘We’re not at a point where we can make any conclusions,’ Proctor said.
A makeshift memorial was set up on Wednesday, along a road in North Little Rock where teenager Charles Smith was shot and killed by police on Sunday
He said that once a complete set of video footage is released, there could be an opportunity to look into ‘what, if anything, could have been done differently.’
Davis said the officers involved did not have body cameras. He said the names of the officers involved could be released after a plan is in place to protect them, since the agency has received threats.
‘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.’