Video: Bridgeton, NJ Cops Fatally Shoot Unarmed Man Jerame Reid, who had Hands Up
Dashboard camera footage of a fatal police shooting in New Jersey confirms eyewitness accounts that the victim was stepping out of his vehicle with his hands raised in the air—but against an officer’s repeated orders—when he was killed.
The Press of Atlantic City reports Jerame Reid, 36, was unarmed and, according to witnesses, apparently surrendering when he was shot and killed by Bridgeton Police officers on December 30.
The video shows officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley firing their guns at Reid several times as he exited the passenger side of the vehicle, which had been subjected to a routine traffic stop at Henry Street and South Avenue at about 9:20 p.m.
NJ.com reports Days and Worley stopped the blue Jaguar, driven by 46-year-old Leroy Tutt of Long Branch, for a stop sign violation at South Pine Street. The video clearly shows Tutt immediately pulling to the side of the road when the officers activated their patrol car’s flashing lights.
Officer Days carefully approaches the passenger side of the Jaguar and explains why he pulled it over. Days then asks to see Tutt’s driver’s license before suddenly drawing his weapon and ordering the passengers to “show me your f—ing hands.”
“Don’t you f—ing move,” Days repeatedly shouts as his partner rushed toward the driver’s side of the car with his gun drawn and aimed at Tutt.
“Get ’em out of the car, Rog, we’ve got a gun in the glove compartment,” says Days, who keeps telling the men, “Don’t f—ing move!”
“I’m gonna shoot you, you’re gonna be f—ing dead,” Days says. “I’m telling you, you reach for something, you’re gonna be f—ing dead.”
Reid ignores the officer’s orders to remain motionless in the car and steps out of the vehicle with his hands raised. Both officers then fire multiple shots—at least nine can be heard—at Reid while Tutt sits in the driver’s seat with both hands clearly extended out of the window. Angry witnesses and local residents can be heard screaming in the background.
Prosecutors claim that “during the course of the stop a handgun was revealed and later recovered,” but the video seems to confirm witness accounts that Reid was unarmed at the time he was shot.
Denzel Mosley, 17, saw the incident from the attic of his house, which overlooks the spot where Reid was shot. Mosley told CBS Philadelphia that both of Reid’s hands “were in plain sight,” and that he did not see any guns other than those fired by the officers.
Retired sheriff’s deputy Ben Mosley also witnessed the incident from a window in his home. Mosley said that based on his training, he believes the shooting was unjustified.
“I saw a disarmed man go down to the ground and get shot. That’s exactly what I saw,” Mosley told WPVI.
Attorney Conrad Benedetto, who is representing Reid’s family, said after reviewing the video that “there was no threat to the officer and no weapon in the victim’s hands.”
Reid, who leaves behind a wife and a 3-month-old son, has a criminal history, including charges for firing a gun at New Jersey State Troopers when he was 15 years old. He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being convicted of attempted homicide.
Reid’s shooting prompted protests in Bridgeton and elsewhere, at which demonstrators demanded justice for Reid.
“I’m here because I want justice for my husband,” wife Lawanda Reid said. “So I will walk with you all, talk with you all, I’m going to ride with you all because my husband would want me to.”
“As a city we will get through this,” Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly said after leading protesters in a prayer. “As I have said before, I believe in the law enforcement, and I believe justice will be served.”
Bridgeton resident Ricky Young told WPVI that officer Worley has a history of trouble with members of the community.
“They shot that man for nothing,” Young said of the Reid shooting. “This cop’s been doing this to everybody around here. He running around like he’s Robocop.”
According to police records, Worley has been disciplined for insubordination. Day was a rookie. Both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the officers’ use of deadly force. The results of an autopsy conducted the day after the shooting have not yet been released.