SEE IT: Dashcam captures police shooting death of N.J. man

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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. 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. Bridgeton officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley pulled the car over. “Hey, officer Days, Bridgeton police,” Days first says to the driver. “The reason I’m pulling you over – you went right through that stop sign back there.” CBS Philadelphia reported Reid previously spent nearly 13 years in state prison for shooting at three New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager, and was known by Officer Days from a drug possession and obstruction arrest over the summer. “Show me your hands.

There were tense moments during Wednesday’s demonstration, held on the front lawn of the prosecutor’s office on Vine Street, as Hudson also adamantly defended Reid’s behavior throughout the incident and leading up to the shooting, saying that Reid complied with Days’ orders throughout the incident. “Jerame Reid complied to the officer’s demands, got out of the car, and he received a hail of bullets and is no longer here with us today,” he said. In the case of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot in Ferguson, and Eric Garner, the black man who died after being put in a police chokehold in New York, local prosecutors did not secure charges against police. 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. 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.

Reid raises serious questions as to the legality and/or reasonableness of the officers’ actions that night.” “We have viewed the footage which speaks for itself. It’s not clear what Reid is doing, though Days repeatedly warns him not to move during the standoff of less than two minutes. “Dude, you’re going to be f***ing dead. 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.

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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