Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Georgia SCMPD
Georgia Bureau of Investigation GBI
Last updated: about 1 year ago
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, SCMPD officers arrested Charles Smith, 29, on outstanding warrants. Police placed Smith under arrest and he was handcuffed behind his back and placed in a patrol car.
After being placed into the patrol car, Smith was able to move his hands to the front of his body and kicked out the window of the patrol car.
Officers said Smith attempted to exit the patrol car and they saw he had a firearm. Smith was then shot and killed at the scene. During the crime scene investigation, a firearm was found under Smith's body.
February 2015 No criminal charges
March 2015 The case of Charles Smith, a black man who was killed by a white Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer in September, may be headed to not one, but two grand jury hearings.
The move was announced during a Tuesday gag order hearing in the case.
Community and Family Efforts
September 2014 Protest
http://www.blufftontoday.com/bluffton-news/2014-09-24/city-releases-arrest-video-suspect-killed-savannah-chatham-police-officer added Oct 25, 2016
http://gbi.georgia.gov/press-releases/2014-09-18/gbi-requested-investigate-officer-involved-shooting-chatham-county added Oct 25, 2016
http://mashable.com/2014/09/18/georgia-shooting/#YT71BGcfakq3 added Oct 25, 2016
http://savannahnow.com/news-latest-news/2015-02-26/charles-smith-family-wants-3-million-wrongful-death added Oct 25, 2016
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/renaldo-pearson/charles-smith-hestilldese_b_5980490.html added Oct 25, 2016
http://www.wtoc.com/story/26639167/protesters-march-to-courthouse-prepare-for-public-viewing added Mar 28, 2016
http://www.wtoc.com/story/28086677/da-meg-heap-takes-unprecedented-step-in-charles-smith-case added Mar 28, 2016
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/an-autopsy-but-few-answers-in-wake-of-savannah-sho/nhQ4d/ added Mar 28, 2016
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/25/georgia-officer-handcuffed-man-criminal-charges added Mar 28, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/KilledByPolice/posts/902630706431734 added Mar 28, 2016
http://www.wtoc.com/story/26567695/gbi-investigating-after-1-man-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting added Mar 28, 2016