Andre Smith’s family to discuss lawsuit against Davie Police Department

The family of Andre Derek Smith, a 20-year-old student who was killed during a Craigslist deal gone wrong, continued to demand that the Davie Police Department release the surveillance video showing the Nov. 1 fatal shooting. 

The family was set to hold a news conference at 11 a.m., Friday, in the Miami office of their attorneys, Jasmine Rand and Jose Baez, who represented Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez.

Baez accused Maj. Dale Engle of disrespecting Smith's mother, Andrea Goulbourne-Smith, and accused the officer of "unprofessional police conduct." 

Rand said "it’s completely disingenuous" for Engle to have said the video was evidence that Smith chased Matthew Jay Barry, 37, and then refuse to release the video. Barry shot and killed Smith. 

"Not only is he legally required to release the video, he opened the door for its release by
discussing its contents in a public forum," Rand said in a statement. 

Smith, who was selling an iPhone 7 on Craigslist for $280, wasn't alone. Police officers said his friend has been cooperative. Engle said Smith wanted Barry to return the phone and that's why he chased him inside a CVS Pharmacy at 4610 S. University Dr., in Davie.  

Greg Rossman, the attorney for the Town of Davie Police Department, said they plan to share the evidence with Smith's family when "it is appropriate." Barry, who claims he shot Smith because he thought he was the victim of a robbery, hasn't been charged with a crime. 

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