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Teen killed by police during North Little Rock traffic stop wanted to graduate, mother says

By Ryan Tarinelli

This article was published January 9, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Steps away from where North Little Rock police shot and killed 17-year-old Charles Smith a day earlier, his mother stood with family on Monday and described her son as a teenager eager to graduate high school.

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Print Headline: Teen wanted to graduate, mother says; NLR officers involved in traffic-stop killing await interviews, police say

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wolfman says... January 9, 2018 at 7:01 a.m.

He shouldn't have had the gun...he shouldn't have fired at the police. Real simple people don't blame the police

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GOHOGS19 says... January 9, 2018 at 8:45 a.m.

police went too far? they were shot at what do you expect them to to stand there and take it? i'd also like to know if the mother knew where her son was at 1 am in the morning

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skeptic1 says... January 9, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

"The agency is one of a handful of mostly large departments in Arkansas that elect to conduct in-house criminal investigations of deadly force encounters. The majority of departments request outside agencies -- usually the Arkansas State Police -- to investigate those incidents."
Seriously, how is this legitimate?

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DontGoThere says... January 9, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

Listening the the mother accusing the police of "killing her baby" was sickening! Her "baby" pointed a gun at Police! How is that the NLRPD's fault? These thugs need to comply & they won't be shot! It's going to get to where no good person wants to be a cop & then we'll have thugs for cops & we'll see how that STOPS THE VIOLENCE!

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DoubleBlind says... January 9, 2018 at 12:53 p.m.

While I agree that IF the young man had a gun - and certainly IF he fired it at officers - he stacked the deck against himself, I don’t understand how police can justify stop and frisk. If this was ostensibly a traffic stop of some kind, how were they justified in searching the victim. Did he display threatening behavior PRIOR to being frisked? It’s not a small distinction. I can’t believe someone hasn’t filed suit to stop this tactic at least until all officers are outfitted with and REQUIRED to activate body AND dash cams.

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Trailop says... January 9, 2018 at 1:28 p.m.

I'll wait until the final report on the investigation is made public before making a judgment. However, if it is true that the kid Did Not inform the police that he Did Not have pistol permit immediately upon being stopped and WAS carrying an Concealed weapon and then shot at the police and losing his life in return fire... then the kid made a very stupid decision that night. Some of the very important facts have already been made to the public. Peace and comfort to the family.

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Shearload says... January 9, 2018 at 2:54 p.m.

Odd that the department released a statement purporting facts when, according to the spokesman, the officers had not yet been interviewed. Why is it normal for investigators to wait "a couple of days" to interview the officers? Is it important to the department that all the officers' accounts match perfectly when they are interviewed?

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wildblueyonder says... January 9, 2018 at 3:39 p.m.

Don't point a gun (and fire it) at police. Simple rule.

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mkdm0 says... January 9, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.

He dindonoffin, he a good boy wuz gonna go bible school an larn ta spread de lobe off jesus. Them racist poleeece din haffts shooted him jus cause he shooter at dem. Even president Obama say hit okay ta kill cops. Pigs inna blanket fryem like bacon.

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qlittle008 says... February 8, 2018 at 12:11 p.m.

If a black kid who's yielding a life-threatening instrument, attempts to use it on you, and you're white, you are expected to tap into your athletic ability and evade all death-defying advances. Even if it means you should: duck, dodge, fall down, or jump over any bullets or knife strikes that are aimed at you. All this to ensure that the black mother's, "baby" comes home to her. Now that we all understand and agree to the expectation, life will be better for all.

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