From the Office of the District Attorney:
Martinez, Calif. – The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed a felony assault charge with two enhancements against a former Richmond Police Department Officer.
Eric Smith, Jr., 28, faces one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon for an incident that occurred while Officer Smith was on duty. Eric Smith Jr. is further charged with enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury and for the use of a deadly and dangerous weapon.
The incident happened around 1:00 am in Richmond on April 9, 2022, during an attempted traffic stop of Saul Mendoza Jr. At one point during the encounter, Officer Smith struck Mr. Mendoza multiple times with a taser, causing great bodily injury to the victim.
The Richmond Police Department presented the case to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a filing determination.
On August 3rd, 2022, Richmond Police announced that Eric Smith Jr. was terminated from the agency.
The Defendant’s arraignment will be scheduled by the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa.