Family, friends of Charles 'CJ' Smith seek answers after officer-involved shooting

The family's attorney has worked on cases across the U.S. involving police & the use of deadly force. The family wants procedural justice.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Charles Smith, known by friends and family as C.J., was shot and killed by North Little Rock police Sunday morning, Jan. 7 at a routine traffic stop.  

Now that police released the dash cam video of the incident, his friends and family say they feel the need to speak up.

“The police already tased C.J. and had him on the ground and they didn't even see the gun and had his head on the ground and C.J. knew they were already going to kill him,” said Martina Brown, a friend of C.J.'s. 

“We're not protected and we don't know how we're going to be protected. A traffic stop turns into an execution, it's scary,” said Devon Hatchett, a family friend.

The family's attorney, Lee Merritt, who has worked on cases across the U.S. involving police and the use of deadly force, said the family wants procedural justice.

The family right now is calling on the prosecutor's office and for law enforcement to release all the evidence in their possession, in particular, the full extent of the video,’ he said. 

Merritt said the family wants closure. 

“It'll be more difficult for the family to arrive at that conclusion without full transparency,” he said. 

Merritt said until the full video is released, the family and friends will continue to fight for justice for C.J.

“We will gather here where he was shot and killed, every day until we get some results as to what happened,” said Hatchett.

NLRPD released dash cam footage in the officer-involved shooting of Charles "CJ" Smith Jr. Police added slow motion effects and circle to video before releasing to media.

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