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US police shooting: Video shows moments leading to incident

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disturbing video released of N.J. cops killing man after traffic stop.

A police dash-cam video released this week that shows police shooting and killing a black man during a traffic stop in New Jersey is being cited by activists and the victim’s lawyer as evidence that the killing was unjustified. Jerame Reid, 36, was in the passenger seat when the car in which he was riding was stopped in Bridgeton, N.J., allegedly for going through a stop sign. We’re going to do no such thing.” — House Speaker John Boehner on Congress’ plan to push for new sanctions against Iran, defying President Barack Obama. “The video speaks for itself that at no point was Jerame Reid a threat and he possessed no weapon on his person. 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.

He told Reid to show him his hands — and not to move. “I’m going to shoot you,” Days shouted in the video, made public after newspapers’ requests under New Jersey’s open-records law, as the Associated Press reported. “You’re going to be f—ing dead. There’s some type of culture there that’s conducive to cheating and that’s a problem.” — Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis to ESPN, commenting on an NFL investigation into whether New England purposely underinflated footballs during its AFC championship win over Indianapolis. He said in a statement 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.

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.

Other aspects of Reid’s death are more familiar months after Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting in Ferguson, Mo., roiled the nation with protests over how minority communities are treated by police. 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-McRae has disqualified herself from the case because she knows Days.

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.

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