- "Misinformation has caused concern in our community, which I want to make sure we clear up today", North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis said at a press conference Wednesday. "He was armed and we, in fact, had to take action because of that".
"Deception gets out that says ... the subject wasn't outfitted, the subject didn't shoot", Davis said.
On Sunday, officers initiated a traffic stop shortly after 1 a.m. near the intersection of 52nd Street and Camp Robinson Road, according to police.
The officers involved in the shooting did not have body cameras, Davis said.
The scene shifts as the officer repeatedly tells Smith not to reach for something. A second shot was sacked too which nearly struck an officer in the face.
"I fear that misinformation gets out that says the subject wasn't armed, that the subject didn't shoot", he said, adding "that is not the case".
It was after this altercation that an officer near Smith returned fire along with other officers who also fired at a "very close range", Davis added.
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"How do you like them?" the officer asked, referring to the shoes.
The chief has not released the names of the officers involved, but said the department and officers have received death threats since the incident. "I feel like we needed to get it out there for people to actually see", Chief Davis said.
An attorney for the Smith family released a statement requesting the District Attorney's office to conduct an investigation into the use of deadly force.
During Wednesday's news conference, Davis advised media outlets to "exercise discretion" regarding the release of the footage to the public.
A lawyer for Smith's family, Willard Proctor Jr., said it was too early to make conclusions. Live streaming and recording of the video was not allowed. Merritt said North Little Rock police told him that additional dashboard video footage does exist, and he'd like to see it. Instead, copies were provided to reporters for review.
Merritt, in an interview, said the traffic stop appeared to stem from police profiling, and he mentioned that speeding is not an offense that requires everybody in the auto to be searched.
Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.