Rivera said he had asked U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Carole Rendon if her office wanted to look at what happened after Smith was stopped for jaywalking on East 34th Street on Sept. 4, 2014. He said federal prosecutors suggested that he have Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will conduct the review, a request Rivera said he’s made.
Rivera said in an interview after the news conference, which included several local pastors and Lorain City Councilman Angel Arroyo Jr., D-6th Ward, that in hindsight the incident should have been given a more thorough review initially.
Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera released a statement Wednesday calling Smith “a violent drug trafficker” and said the video “does not tell the complete story” and “could be misunderstood" by the public.We'll update you if and when those reports are released.
According to the Lorain County Clerk of Courts website, Smith has no felony convictions for violent crimes such as assault or robbery. He has prior convictions for drug offenses and possessing a firearm.
“During the arrest and Mr. Smith’s active resistance, he was placed on the hood of the police unit to gain control and conduct a search, as per policy,” Rivera said in his statement. “I would caution observers to not rush to judgment relative to the actions of the police on scene.
“Although it is not easy to watch, police officers explain all of their actions in their police reports.”
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