Teens charged in shooting of 15-year-old in Rock Hill

NLRPD releases dashcam video showing deadly officer-involved shooting of teen

"I want our people to feel comfortable". At that point, he entered the frame of the video as officers took him to the ground.

As seen in the video, the three officers returned fire, killing Smith who was later pronounced dead at the scene. 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.

"I can't go to jail", Smith said.

Smith had been a passenger in the back seat of a auto officers pulled over for speeding in North Little Rock around 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

"Get your (expletive) hand out", an officer warns Smith, whose hands were out of camera range.

According to ArkansasOnline, North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis said at a news conference that the release of the dashboard-camera video was made necessary after "a great deal of misinformation" spread via social media. Off-camera one officer is heard asking Smith about his shoes.

According to the police statement, Smith pulled out the weapon from his waistband.

About one second later, police open fire at Smith, the video shows. Findings will then be submitted to the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office for review regarding whether the use of deadly force was justified.

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A separate internal inquiry is expected into whether department protocol was followed, according to police.

Police have not identified the two other people who were in the auto with Smith.

During Wednesday's news conference, Davis advised media outlets to "exercise discretion" regarding the release of footage to the public.

A lawyer for Smith's family, Willard Proctor Jr., showed the police footage to the family's relatives. Afterward, copies were provided to reporters.

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Because the officers were not wearing bodycams and all of the audio and video came from the dashcam, it is not always clear in the video which of the three officers are speaking to the driver and his two passengers. 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".

Information for this article was contributed by Hunter Field of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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