Missouri police officer charged with assault

Ex-Missouri officer who drove cruiser into man charged with assault

A fired police officer in suburban St. Louis was charged with assault, a day after video was released showing his unmarked SUV striking a man and the officer getting out of the vehicle and kicking him, a prosecutor said.

Joshua Smith, who worked for the Florissant, Missouri, Police Department, faces first- and fourth-degree assault charges and armed criminal action, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said Wednesday.

The charges were filed after a review of footage from a resident’s surveillance camera recorded on June 2, prosecutors said. Smith was fired June 10. Continue Reading

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