Prince's Family Reacts to Decision Not to File Criminal Charges in His Death

April 20, 2018 05:28 AM

Just hours after Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced there would be no criminal charges in connection to Prince's death, some of the star's family members stepped forward to say they are not giving up on the search for answers.

"How would you feel? It's not cool," said Charles Smith, Prince's cousin.


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Smith said he has the "utmost respect" for the investigators who've worked on Prince's case for the past two years. But at the same time, he is disappointed no criminal charges will be filed.

"Someone should be held accountable," Smith said." And I hope that still happens one day, because I'm still going to keep a light on the situation."

In the meantime, Smith said he wants people to focus on helping others by getting better at identifying the signs of addiction and getting help for people who are struggling.

RELATED: No Criminal Charges in Superstar Prince's Fentanyl Overdose Death

"So we don't have to have another tragedy like this, not just someone like him, but like law enforcement was saying, it can happen to anyone who is having an injury," Smith said.

"This is a problem (that) we can't identify who it is who provided the pills that had the fentanyl in them," said Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Osler said while Thursday's announcement marks the end of the legal road in the case, its social impact will likely continue through raising awareness of the opioid crisis.

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"You can hold a pill in your hand that looks like Vicodin, that's legitimate and prescribed to you, and it's not and that's something not limited to Prince, or famous people, and it's killing people across the country," Osler said.


Matt Belanger

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