CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Newly-released body camera footage from the Glendale Police Department shows the moments that led up to the arrest and use of a Taser on a Cincinnati man.
Glendale police pulled over Nikko Smith, 25, on a routine traffic stop and discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest out of Boone County, Ky. Smith is currently facing five charges in Boone County after being arrested on Oct. 27, 2018 for trafficking a controlled substance, criminal possession of a forged instrument, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the body camera footage Smith can be seen initially complying with police commands but tensions start to rise when Smith reveals he has a knife in his pocket. Officers ask Smith several times to keep his hands on top of the vehicle and eventually decide to place him in handcuffs.
The following exchange can be heard on the video:
Officer No. 2: “Just relax.”
Officer No. 2: “Give me your hand.”
Officer No. 1: “Don’t resist!”
Officer No. 2: “He’s going for something. He’s going for something.”
Smith: “I’m not doing anything.”
Officer No. 1: “I’m going to Tase you, I’m going to Tase you.”
Officer No. 2: “Stop or you will be f****** Tased. Do you hear me? Put your hands behind your back.”
Smith is now facing two misdemeanor charges in Hamilton County, a first-degree misdemeanor for resisting arrest and a first-degree misdemeanor for carrying concealed weapons. According to the arrest report, Smith was found to have a 6 1/2 inch blade in his pants pocket.
Smith is expected back in court in Boone County on Feb. 13. and in Hamilton County on Feb. 25.