New Jersey Man Shot by Police Raised Hands in Video

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Civil rights activist calls for attorney general to take over Bridgeton police-involved shooting.

Police in New Jersey have released a video showing two police officers shooting a black man dead after he tried to get out of his car with his hands up. BRIDGETON — A small group gathered outside the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday called for the New Jersey Attorney General to investigate the fatal shooting of Jerame Reid, a 36-year-old Upper Deerfield man who was shot and killed by Bridgeton police officers following a traffic stop on Dec. 30.Video footage showing American police killing yet another black man has once again raised tensions between law enforcement and an African-American community.

The demonstration was the third of its kind, led by Salem County-based civil rights activist Walter Hudson, a day after the Bridgeton Police Department released dashcam footage showing the incident that occurred at the intersection of South Avenue and Henry Street. 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.

Screaming over and over “Don’t you f—ing move!” and “Show me your hands!” at the man in the passenger seat, the officer reached into the car and appeared to remove a silver handgun. The driver, who had been traveling with a passenger – also sitting up front – had been told that he had been pulled over because he had failed to halt at a stop sign. The nearly two-minute deadly standoff came after the killings of black men in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, triggered months of turbulent protests, violence and calls for a re-examination of police use of force. The shooting has touched off protests in Bridgeton, a struggling city of about 25,000 people — two-thirds of them black or Hispanic — outside Philadelphia. Hudson believes the integrity of the prosecutor’s office has been compromised after learning Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae recused herself from the investigation last week because she knows Days personally from the community.

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. Officials have said that “during the course of the stop a handgun was revealed and later recovered.” Hudson said, “And we are not asking, no, in fact were not asking; we’re demanding that prosecutor Webb-McRae recuse her entire staff from this investigation and give it to the attorney general’s office.” First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro is currently handling the case. 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. Several protests have been held in downtown Bridgeton, with protesters using phrases like “Hands up, Don’t shoot” and “No justice, no peace,” similar to what was said during racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. It’s not clear what Reid is doing, though Days repeatedly warns him not to move during the standoff of less than two minutes. “I’m going to shoot you!” Days shouts, referring to Reid at one point by his first name. “You’re going to be … dead!

But Lawanda Reid’s lawyer and activists are demanding the state Attorney General’s Office take over the investigation, something it said it will not do. We are in the process of obtaining copies of the footage so that it can be analyzed in greater detail.” Steven Young, president of the National Action Network, South Jersey Chapter, said he believes the media has not fairly portrayed certain aspects of the story. However, the Ramirez family said they intended to file a lawsuit accusing Morrison and the Billings Police Department of racial profiling against the half-Mexican man, the Associated Press reported. The officer appeared to pull what appeared to be a gun from the vehicle, while Reid was seen pushing the car’s door open just seconds later, CBS Philadelphia reported. 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 the complaints were later dismissed.

Reid was also arrested this summer on charges of obstruction, resisting arrest, possession of narcotics and failure to appear in Millville Municipal Court. But critics said that is not enough, and her whole office must give the case to the state. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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