Video Released of Deadly New Jersey Police Shooting

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. 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.

As after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — unarmed African American men killed by police last year — the shooting was quickly denounced. “The video speaks for itself that at no point was Jerame Reid a threat and he possessed no weapon on his person,” Walter Hudson, chairman and founder of the civil rights group the National Awareness Alliance, said. “He complied with the officer and the officer shot him.” The shooting “raises serious questions as to the legality and/or reasonableness of the officers’ actions that night,” Philadelphia lawyer Conrad Benedetto said in a statement. 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.

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