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Police video shows what happened before Summerville activist was arrested

Louis Smith Dashcam Footage

ABC News 4 gets its first look at the incident involving community activist, Louis Smith, as seen on police dash cameras.

Smith was charged with disorderly conduct after protesting what he believes is discrimination at a neighborhood park.

Smith says he was simply exercising his First Amendment rights.He wanted to publicly complain about what he believes is racism at the Doty Park tennis courts, but Summerville Police officers say he went too far.

Here’s a portion of the back and forth exchange:

Smith: "I'm getting on my knees. What disturbance, sir? You want to shoot me? Go ahead. Shoot me. Shoot me, sir."

Sgt. D. Drayton: "Like I said..."

Smith: "Shoot me, sir. Shoot me. Shoot me.”

Sgt. D. Drayton: "Are you.... Can I talk?"

Smith: "I was in the road? Somebody called and said I was in the road?

Sgt. Drayton: "Yes, sir."

Smith: "Wow."

Sgt. Drayton: "You're back on your air horn again."

Smith: "I was."

Sgt. Drayton: "We already had that conversation."

Smith: "So arrest me."

Sgt. Drayton: "Okay."

Video from a patrol car dash camera shows the interaction between Louis Smith and Sergeant D. Drayton. An incident report shows this is the first of three visits to the same location Wednesday night at Doty Park.

Police officers say they firmly, but fairly, reminded Smith to stay off the road and to stop using a bull horn or loud speaker.

Officers say they told him they had received complaints, but during Sergeant Drayton's third visit, the back and forth exchanges led to an arrest.

Smith: “I was in the road? Somebody called and said I was in the road?"

Sgt. Drayton: "Yes, sir."

Smith: "Wow."

Sgt. Drayton: "You're back on your air horn again."

Smith: "I was."

Sgt. Drayton: "We already had that conversation."

Smith: "So arrest me."

Sgt. Drayton: "Okay."

After placing him in handcuffs, officers gently led Louis Smith to the front of a patrol car. That's where they checked him for weapons, then moved him to the back seat of the patrol car where they took him to jail and charged him with disorderly conduct.

Section 16-4 is the ordinance Smith is accused of breaking. It defines disorderly conduct and breach of peace.

Smith is free on a public recognizance bond.

His next court appearance is September 18.

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