Video shows man shot by New Jersey police raising his hands

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Cumberland prosecutor won’t discuss Bridgeton shooting case due to grand jury possibility.

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark New Jersey night.Video footage showing American police killing yet another black man has once again raised tensions between law enforcement and an African-American community.BRIDGETON — The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is declining to release further information about the Dec. 30 shooting death of Jerame Reid, according to a statement issued Wednesday, citing the need for impartiality if the case goes before a grand jury.

— Another videotaped police killing is raising tensions in another U.S. city, this time in New Jersey, where a tense traffic stop ended with a passenger shot to death as he stepped out of a car with his hands raised at shoulder height. Screaming “Don’t you f—ing 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.

The newly released footage from a police dashboard camera shows police in a Dec. 30 stop that escalates quickly after one officer warns his partner about seeing a gun in the glove compartment of the Jaguar. A dashcam video that recorded footage of the stop was released by the Bridgeton Police Department to the South Jersey Times on Tuesday, following an Open Public Records act request. The shooting 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. The video, recorded from Officer Braheme Days’ patrol car, shows the cruiser driving through the city’s street and coming upon a blue Jaguar on South Pine Street.

Shapiro was assigned by Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae to handle the investigation and related proceedings, after she recused herself from the case last week, saying she knows Reid from the community. Both officers have been placed on leave while prosecutors investigate. “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 Wednesday. “He complied with the officer and the officer shot him.” Reid, 36, spent about 13 years in prison for shooting at three state troopers when he was a teenager. 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. He orders the men in the car, identified as Leroy Tutt, 46, of Long Branch, and Reid, of the Seabrook section of Upper Deerfield Township, to show their hands and not to move. “Get ’em out the car, Rog.

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 on a request made by two newspapers under the state’s open records law. The offensive expletives in the audio were muted by nj.com, and because one of the expletives is said at the same time the final shot went off, the audio of the shot isn’t heard. The office released a brief statement in the days following the shooting saying only that a gun was “revealed” and “recovered” and that both officers discharged their weapons. Coming on the heels of incidents in Ferguson and Staten Island, the shooting in Bridgeton has angered many community members but race hasn’t been a focus of their anger.

The police said Worley and Days have recovered at least three illegal weapons during motor vehicle stops in recent months. “When you are trying to combat the increased number of weapons on the street with a proactive effort to reduce gun violence it is unfortunately creating a recipe for a tragic incident such as what occurred,” Capt. Mike Gaimari said, “every car stop or citizen contact officers perform could result in them encountering a subject with a weapon, specifically a handgun, and that chance increases in the areas of the city with increased gun activity. Another demonstration was being held today in front of the prosecutor’s office, calling for the Attorney General’s Office to take over the investigation.

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