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Second video released appearing to show Florissant police SUV driving into man

Second video released appearing to show Florissant police SUV driving into man

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FLORISSANT — A second surveillance video was released Tuesday that shows an unmarked Florissant police SUV appearing to intentionally strike a man attempting to flee from officers.

The video from a home’s surveillance system was released by lawyers for the man who was struck by the SUV on June 2. They’re calling on a special prosecutor to charge the detective who was driving the SUV. The detective, Joshua L. Smith, was fired last week after an initial surveillance video from another home was released showing the encounter.

The 38-second video released Tuesday provides another angle of the incident in the 9800 block of Eastdell Drive in Dellwood. It shows the SUV drive across a driveway, hit a man and stop on a front lawn. The man who was struck appears to suffer a serious leg injury. Authorities have not identified him.

An officer can be seen hopping out of the SUV’s driver’s side and appearing to strike the screaming man repeatedly while putting handcuffs on him. The Post-Dispatch is not showing the video because of its graphic nature.

Second video angle of man being hit in Florissant by unmarked police SUV

A screen grab from a second surveillance video appears to show a man being struck by an unmarked police SUV allegedly driven by a Florissant police detective.

St. Louis County authorities would normally prosecute such a case but St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar is reviewing the matter because of a conflict of interest. One of the detectives at the scene of the incident is a son of Tim Swope, operations manager for St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell.

“The video is sufficient evidence to immediately charge Joshua Smith,” lawyers Jermaine Wooten and Jerryl Christmas said in a news release. “The victim suffered serious injuries requiring surgery and remains traumatized by this shocking incident.”

In firing the 31-year-old Smith, Florissant police Chief Timothy Fagan said it appeared Smith intentionally struck the man. Fagan also said he was concerned about a delay in his officers reporting the incident to command staff.

In addition to Smith’s firing, two other detectives who were his passengers in the SUV have been placed on leave.

Fagan earlier explained that the incident occurred after Smith and his colleagues spotted “suspicious behavior” by people in a black Dodge Charger, which matched the description of a vehicle sought by police for its reported involvement in a shooting a night earlier.

Protests over the incident have erupted for several days since the earlier release of a resident’s Ring doorbell video that recorded part of the incident. Demonstrations continued Monday outside the St. Charles County Courthouse, where protesters urged Lohmar to file charges, and outside the home of Florissant Mayor Tim Lowery.

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