Editor’s Note: Many will find the video featured below violent and disturbing. It is not safe for work.
Newly-released video shows 17-year-old Charles Smith pulled a gun on North Little Rock police officers after the car he was riding in was pulled over for speeding.
After much public speculation that the incident was an unwarranted shooting and another example of police brutality, North Little Rock police chief Mike Davis released dashcam video from one of the police cars on the scene. It clearly shows Smith pulled a gun on officers, firing it, and refusing to put it down. The dashcam video is included below.
The video also shows that Smith was clearly the aggressor, as police and the teen were chatting before they discover he had a gun. Smith is then heard yelling “I can’t go to jail” as he tries to shoot one of the officers.
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 the 5200 block of Camp Robinson Road 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.
Here is the nearly-complete dashcam video of the shooting. The video freezes at the end, once officers start firing, so the fatal shot is not shown. The gun the suspect is holding, however, can clearly be seen.
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