jerame c reid - cops hands up

*The National Action Network releases statement on the death of Jerame C. Reid

“National Action Network (NAN) supports calls for the State Attorney General to investigate the case of Jerame C. Reid. The 36-year-old New Jersey man was shot to death while his hands were up by two Bridgeton, N.J. officers on December 30, 2014. NAN is demanding a thorough investigation in this case and the officers involved. We maintain our position that local officials should not handle incidents such as this.

Our Atlantic City, NJ chapter President, Steve Young has been involved in this case and  NAN will continue to monitor developments.”

Here is dash-cam video of the shooting:

If you’re not totally familiar with the shooting death of Reid by Bridgeton, N.J., police officers, please read the following excerpt from the Press of Atlantic City website:

By THOMAS BARLAS, Staff WriterBRIDGETON — Jerame C. Reid was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot and killed by city police officers the evening of Dec. 30, police video shows.

Video taken by a Bridgeton police cruiser’s dashboard camera also shows Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley shooting at Reid several times after an apparently unarmed Reid got out of the car in which he was a passenger.

The video of the shooting can be seen here: Link to Press of Atlantic City story.

Now, let me be upfront.  Mr. Reid had a criminal record.  At the age of 15 he shot at two New Jersey State Troopers.  However, he served 13 years in prison and was released.  He did his time.  Before the release of this dashcom video came out this was all the authorities had said about the incident in which the 36 year old Reid was shot in the head by the officers who stopped a vehicle, in which he was a passenger, for allegedly running a stop sign.

Around 9:20 p.m., a vehicle driven by Leroy Tutt, 46, of Long Branch in which Reid was a passenger was stopped by Bridgeton Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley in the area of South Avenue and Henry Street. It’s one of the city’s high-crime areas.A small release from Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae’s office offered little about what transpired that night — ” … a handgun was revealed and later recovered. Both officers (Days and Worley) discharged their duty weapons resulting in the death of Jerame C. Reid.”

You can watch the video yourself and make your own determination.  My view of it clearly shows that Reid had his hands in the air as he exited the vehicle after what may or may not be a brief struggle with one of the cops.  Prior to that police in a profanity laced tirade demanded that both men show their hands and not move.  I saw hands placed outside the vehicle on both the driver’s side and on the passenger’s side.  Here’s how the report by the Press of Atlantic City describes the encounter:

Days approaches the passenger side of the vehicle. Days’ request for a driver’s license is quickly followed by Days drawing his service weapon and bellowing orders to, “Show me your hands. Show me your f—— hands.”“Get him out of the car, Rog, we got a gun in his glove compartment,” Days calls to Worley, who approached the car after Days pulled his service weapon. […]

“I tell you, I’m going to shoot you,” Days shouts at Reid. “You’re gonna be f—— dead. You reach for something, you’re going to be f—— dead.”

Worley is standing with his service revolver drawn on the driver’s side of the car. Tutt follows police orders and puts his hands through the car window and keeps them in clear view of Worley.

Shortly after that you see the officer on the passenger side reaching into the vehicle and it looks like he is tugging at something.  The report cited above claims this Officer (Days) removed a handgun from the car. I did not see the removal of any gun. What I did see was the officer shouting at the passenger calling him by the name “Jerome” and telling him that if he reaches for anything he will be dead.  I hear a voice that may be that of Reid saying he is not reaching for anything.  Next I see Officer Days backing away from the car, his gun still pointed at Reid.  When Reid slowly exits the vehicle with his hands, after first saying “I’m getting out,” I hear several gunshots and I see his body fall to the ground. A bullet to the head was the fatal injury that killed him, a bullet fired from the guns of one of these two policemen.

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