Mother of Felon Shot and Killed by Police Holds Press Conference, Wants “Officer to Suffer Like Her Son Suffered”
If you haven’t heard about the recent police shooting in Savannah, GA that is making headlines, here you go. Apparently a convicted felon, who had served prison time, was picked up by Savannah Metro Police on outstanding warrants. While handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, the man, identified as Charles Smith, managed to get his hands in front of him and kick out the window of the car.
Police then say Smith was observed with a gun. Police opened fire, shooting and killing Smith. A gun was found under Smith’s body and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s initial investigation seems to corroborate the officer’s account. The incident was allegedly caught on video, but that video has not yet been released.
Well now the community is in an uproar (for some reason) and the mother of the slain felon took to the airwaves to call for “justice”.
The mother, Penny Nelson, made the following statements,
“They took my child away from me… took my child away from me in handcuffs, shot him in handcuffs… I just want to see dis officer that killed my son in handcuffs. I want him to suffer like my child suffered.”
“He didn’t sell drugs and he wasn’t a violent person,” Nelson said. “You can see how liked he was. Look at all these people. We want justice for my boy. You couldn’t ask for a better friend.”
According to WSAV, Smith has an extensive criminal record,
According to criminal history obtained by News 3, Smith has been previously charged and convicted in several other cases dating back to 2004.
Smith was previously charged with several counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, cruelty to children, possession of cocaine and theft by receiving stolen property. Smith served time in state prison 3 times in connection to several of these charges.
Smith was incarcerated from October 2006 until September 2007. Then again from March 2008 until December 2008. He was last in prison from September 2011 until July 2013.