Dashboard Camera Footage Shows New Jersey Man With Arms Raised Being Fatally Shot By Police [Watch]

January 22, 2015  |  

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As the nation continues to recover from the devastating police-related deaths that occurred this summer, another police shooting is making headlines. According to CBS, a December 30 routine traffic stop in Bridgeton, New Jersey resulted in the shooting death of 36-year-old Jerame Reid.

The vehicle was being operated by LeRoy Tutt when it was pulled over by officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley. In the dash cam video recorded from the patrol car, one officer informs the men that they were pulled over because Tutt blew through a stop sign. Things seemed to be fine until Tutt was asked to retrieve his license and registration from his glove compartment, which is when Days realized that there was a gun in the glove box as well. After informing his partner of his discovery, it appears that Days reached into the vehicle and removed the gun. Tutt quickly raises his hands atop the car as both Days and Worley draw their guns. Days repeatedly threatens to shoot the men if they move.

“I’m going to shoot you,” Days shouts. “You’re going to be … dead. If you reach for something, you’re going to be … dead.”

“I ain’t got no reason to reach for nothing, bro, I ain’t got no reason to reach for nothing,” Reid replies.

“I’m getting out and getting on the ground,” he informs Days, who continues to instruct him not to move.

The passenger door then opens; however, it’s unclear whether Reid or Days opened it. Reid emerges from the vehicle with his arms raised, which is when Days and Worley fire several shots into Reid, killing him. It’s unclear how many shots were fired. Tutt, who still had his hands raised, was then removed from the car and placed in handcuffs. The shooting has since sparked outrage in the Bridgeton community and activists have requested that the Cumberland County prosecutor transfer this case to the state attorney.

“The video speaks for itself that at no point was Jerame Reid a threat and he possessed no weapon on his person,” said Walter Hudson, founder of the civil rights group the National Awareness Alliance. “He complied with the officer and the officer shot him.”

Reid spent 13 years behind bars for shooting at a New Jersey state trooper when he was a teen. He was also arrested last year on drug possession and obstruction charges. Days happened to be one of the officers who took Reid into custody during that arrest.

Both Days and Worley have been placed on administrative leave while the prosecutor’s office investigates this case.

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