Dashboard camera video shows man killed by NJ police raising his hands

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NJ Attorney General’s Office Will Not Take Over Case Of Police-Involved Shooting In Bridgeton.

BRIDGETON, N.J. • With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark New Jersey night.BRIDGETON, NJ (CBS) — Despite allegations the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office can’t be objective investigating the police involved shooting of Jerame Reid, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office will not take over the case. “We’re demanding Prosecutor McRae recuse her entire staff from this investigation, give it to the Attorney General’s Office,” said Walter Hudson, chairman of the Salem County-based National Awareness Alliance. Screaming over and over at the man in the passenger seat to not move and to show his hands, the officer reached into the car and appeared to remove a silver handgun. Days approaches the passenger side of the vehicle where Reid is sitting and moments into the exchange yells to his partner there’s a gun in the glove box.

As Reid exits the vehicle with his right hand visibly up at shoulder height he is sprayed with bullets by Days and what looks like a single shot from Worley. “While our investigation is still ongoing, the City of Bridgeton’s release of the police cruiser’s video footage showing the shooting of Mr. The nearly two-minute deadly standoff came after the killings of black men in New York and Ferguson triggered months of turbulent protests, violence and calls for a re-examination of police use of force.

— Dashboard camera footage released Wednesday to the media through public records requests shows a police traffic stop in New Jersey that quickly spiraled out of control last month. “I tell you, I’m a shoot you, you gonna be f—ing dead,” Bridgeton police Officer Braheme Days barked at Seabrook resident Jerame C. He said in a statement Wednesday that the footage “raises serious questions as to the legality and/or reasonableness of the officers’ actions that night” because Reid was shot as he raised his hands. The interaction starts with officers simply asking Tutt for documentation, then quickly escalates when Days apparently discovers a handgun in the vehicle and tries to get Reid to comply with orders. While Reid was known to police for having an extensive criminal record, including an incident in which he shot at New Jersey state trooper as a teenager. And Days knew who he was; Days was among the arresting officers last year when Reid was charged with several crimes, including drug possession and obstruction.

In Bridgeton, where two-thirds of the residents are black or Hispanic, the killing has stirred small protests over the past couple of weeks, including a demonstration on Wednesday, a day after the video was made public at the request of two newspapers under the state’s open records law. The shooting and the protests followed other recent high-profile events across the country in which police officers have been accused of killing unarmed black men.

Bridgeton police would not answer any questions about the video and said they opposed its release as neither “compassionate or professional.”County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae has disqualified herself from the case because she knows Days. Though widely available through other media outlets, The Daily Journal has opted not to publish the video — captured from the point of view of the officers’ cruiser — out of respect for Reid’s family and the city police department. In the video, the mood changes in a flash when Days tells his partner about the gun and starts yelling, “Show me your hands!” The driver, Leroy Tutt, raises his hands immediately. The South Jersey Times reported this week that residents had filed seven municipal court complaints against Days since 2013 and two against Worley in that span for alleged abuses of power; all complaints were dismissed.

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