Human Rights

Cop Tells New Jersey Man to Show Hands and Not Move, Then Shoots Him

A new dashcam video opens up questions about the shooting of Jerame Reid.

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A newly released dashcam video of a police shooting has emerged from Bridgeton, New Jersey, adding to concerns that police used unneccessary and avoidable violence in the shooting death of Jerame Reid on December 30. The video, which was released on Tuesday, was taken at 9:20pm on December 30 and shows the shooting as well as the audible reactions of onlookers in the neighborhood.

In the video, officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley can be seen pulling over the car Reid and driver Leroy Tutt are in, apparently because Tutt ran a stop sign. Suddenly, Days pulls out his weapon and tells the two men to show their hands and not move. Days informs his partner that he found a gun in the glove compartment.

Days repeatedly tells Reid not to move and to put his hands up. He starts to yell at Reid. “You're gonna be f****** dead! I'm telling you! if you reach for something you're gonna be f****** dead! I'm telling you! I'm telling you! Keep your f****** hands right there! Uh uh, Jerame, if you reach for something you're gonna be f****** dead! He's reaching! He's reaching! Show me your f****** hands!”

Reid gets out of the car with one hand raised, and after he takes a step toward Days, the officer opens fire. His partner Worley opens fire, and six shots can be heard.

One witness says Reid had nothing in his hands. “He had his hands up trying to get out of the car, one on the door was getting out like this and he just started shooting him,” Tahli Dawkins told NBC10.

Both officers have been placed on leave, and Reid's widow Lawanda Reid has hired lawyers to try to figure out what happened. “We just want answers,” she said. “No one deserves to die like that.”

Protests have been ongoing since the shooting, demanding an investigation, which is currently being led by Cumberland County First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro.

Derrick Thomas, 36, from Bridgeton, is one of the protesters. “It has gone on too long,” he said. “Black men like myself want to stand up for what’s right, not only for police brutality, but violence in general."

 

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

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