Video of New Jersey man shot by police raises questions

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“He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A police video of officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has raised questions and stirred anger over another death at the hands of police.

The video of the Dec. 30 killing of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, a struggling, mostly minority city of 25,000 people just south of Philadelphia, was released this week. 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 complied with the officer and the officer shot him.” — Walter Hudson, chairman and founder of the National Awareness Alliance, after a dashboard camera in a police cruiser in Bridgeton, New Jersey, showed Reid disobeying a police order not to move, getting out of the car with his hands raised and being shot and killed. “Because it’s the Patriots and they have a history, that brings in a different issue. Screaming over and over ‘‘Don’t you [expletive] 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.

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.

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. 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 the complaints were dismissed.

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