Video of New Jersey man shot by police raises questions

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. 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. 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. In Bridgeton, two-thirds of residents are black or Hispanic, and the city of 25,000 about 35 miles south of Philadelphia has paid to settle claims of racial profiling in the past.

But in 2007, the Press of Atlantic City reported that Bridgeton was looking for Spanish-speaking recruits. “We’re looking to do more,” Mayor James Begley said at the time. “We have about 45 percent of a Hispanic culture in Bridgeton, and we need to represent that culture.” Though Days and his partner were placed on leave while the shooting is investigated, the department did not offer further details about Reid’s death. “The administration of the Bridgeton Police Dept. will refrain from any further comment other than that it fully supports the officers involved as well as the legal process this incident is subject to,” the department said in a statement, as the New York Daily News reported.

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