Jerame Reid, 36, was fatally shot by Bridgeton New Jersey Cops Braheme Days and passenger Roger Worley as they exited Reid’s vehicle during a traffic stop.
Reid’s hands were clearly in the air.
A grand jury in New Jersey has voted to decline filing charges against two officers caught on dash cam shooting a man who had his hands up, in yet another example of the failures of these secretive proceedings.
The incident took place December 30 after police pulled a Reid for running a stop sign.
We reported on it a few days later after numerous witnesses, amongst the first of which included a retired deputy, said the shooting was unjustified.
The officers claimed the likely-story that they had “feared for their lives,” as they had arrested Reid four months prior and knew that he had been imprisoned as a teenager after shooting at state troopers.
The video told an entirely different story.
In that video Days is heard screaming at Reid, “Don’t you f—ing move!” and “Show me your hands!” Worley is seen reaching into the car and removing a handgun, Reid does not resist.
“I’m going to shoot you!” Days continues, and addresses Reid as Jerame.
“If you reach for something, you’re going to be f—ing dead.”
Days then tells his partner that Reid, now unarmed, was reaching for something.
“I ain’t doing nothing. I’m not reaching for nothing, bro. I ain’t got no reason to reach for nothing.”
Reid responds in the footage, Reid then begins to exit the vehicle with his hands up, presenting no danger to the officers, but Days unloaded seven shots into him, Worley also fired once.
He was struck in his chest and arm.
“They shot him. They shot the boy… He was trying to get back in the car,” said retired deputy, Ben Mosley who witnessed the shooting.
“I saw a disarmed man go down to the ground and get shot. That’s exactly what I saw.”
Reid’s widow, Lawanda Reid, has filed a million dollar federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.
She previously settled with the county for $340,000 for abuse her husband suffered in prison unrelated to the shooting.
In California, a bill recently passed barring grand juries from being used in police excessive or deadly force cases. The author of the legislation cited that the secretive nature of the proceedings allows prosecutors who are receiving pressure not to file charges to “pass the buck, using grand jurors as pawns for political cover.”
Perhaps it is time for the rest of the country to follow their lead.