Jerame Reid is the man shot and killed by Bridgeton, New Jersey police in the recently released dash cam footage video.
The video shows Reid and Leroy Tutt stopped due to a traffic violation involving a stop sign. Two officers, Braheme Days and Roger Worley, the first one black the second one white, exit their cruiser and approach the Jaguar Reid is in.
The scene then becomes tense when Days reports to his partner that he sees a handgun in the glove box. He then appears to remove it from the car in the video, all the while telling Reid not to move.
For some reason, Reid decides to move and get out of the car with both hands up.
Days and Worley then open fire on him.
Here’s what you need to about Reid.
1. The Dash Cam Video Was Just Released
The incident that resulted in Reid’s death occurred on December 30, 2014, but the footage of the actual shooting wasn’t released until this week. Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on leave while their department investigates.
Officials have released very little of their findings so far, however. According to NewJersey.com:
Officials have released very little information as to what transpired that night. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, which is handling the investigation, has only said that ” … a handgun was revealed and later recovered,” and that both officers Days and Worley “discharged their duty weapons” resulting in Reid’s death.
However, it is worth noting that following the shooting, the driver Leroy Tutt was taken into custody and then released without charge.
Protests over the wrongfulness of Reid’s death began almost immediately. Within the first week there was a mile-long march that echoed the sentiments of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the two black men killed by police that gained loads of media attention in 2014.
The Bridgeton march began at the site of the shooting death. Cries included, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Reid’s wife has also approached a lawyer to investigate.
A Philadelphia lawyer, Conrad Benedetto, said he has been hired by Reid’s wife, Lawanda, to investigate. 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.
3. Reid has a Violent Past
It’s worth noting that Officer Days might have had a right to be weary of Reid.
Reid had a history of shooting at cops, and Days was one of the arresting officers when Reid had fired at them before.
Superior Court records and reports in The Press show that Reid, then called Jerome Reid, was 15 years old when he fired three shots at a trio of state troopers in Atlantic County in March 1994. Reid eventually was sentenced to 15 years in state prison on a charge of criminal attempted homicide.
4. Police Have had Complaints Against Them
… 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.
5. Courts are in the Officers’ Favor
In regards to the video and how the situation was handled, it falls under a ruling that cases like this where there is a weapon present cannot be viewed in hindsight.
“With respect to a claim of excessive force, the same standard of reasonableness at the moment applies: “Not every push or shove, even if it may later seem unnecessary in the peace of a judge’s chambers,” violates the Fourth Amendment. The calculus of reasonableness must embody allowance for the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments – in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving – about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation.”