Dashcam Video Captures Deadly Police Shooting After Traffic Stop in New Jersey

A dashcam video released Tuesday shows the moments leading up to and following a deadly police-involved shooting of 36-year-old Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

In the video, captured the around 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2014 police officers in Bridgeton, New Jersey can be seen opening fire on Reid after they pulled over a Jaguar at South Avenue and Henry Street.

Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said Bridgeton police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley both shot one of two people who were in the stopped Jaguar.

On Tuesday, the South Jersey Times obtained dashcam video that shows the shooting and the events leading up to it. In the profanity-laced encounter, police tell Reid to show them his hands and not move.

"If you reach for something you're going to be dead," an officer can be heard saying.

The 5-minute dashcam video video shows officers Worley and Days pulling Reid and the driver, identified as Leroy Tutt, over. Days walks up to the passenger side of the vehicle, where Reid is sitting, and informs the two men they were pulled over because Tutt ran through a stop sign on South Pine Street. Days then asks to see a driver's license.

Suddenly Days pulls out his weapon, points it at Reid and repeatedly screams, "Show me your hands" and "don't move."

Worley runs toward the driver's side of the vehicle with his own weapon raised. Tutt can be seen raising his hands out of the vehicle. It's unclear from the video if Reid is raising his hands as well.

"Get him out the car, Rog," Days tells his partner. "We've got a gun in his glove compartment." 

Days once again tells Reid not to move, opens the door and takes a silver object, which appears to be a gun, out of the car. Days then again repeatedly tells Reid not to move and to show him his hands.

"I'm gonna shoot ya!" Days screams. "You're gonna be f****** dead! I'm telling you! if you reach for something you're gonna be f****** dead! I'm telling you! I'm telling you! Keep your f****** hands right there! Eh, eh, Jerome, if you reach for something you're gonna be f****** dead! He's reaching! He's reaching! Show me your f****** hands!

Reid responds to Days though it's unclear from the video what he's saying.

"No, you're not!" Days responds. "No, you're not! No, you're not! Don't f****** move!" 

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Days then backs away with his gun still raised. Reid then gets out of the car and appears to have at least one of his hands raised. He takes a step toward Days, who then opens fire. Worley opens fire as well. At least six shots are heard in the video.

After Reid drops to the ground, the officers tell Tutt to get out of the car and drop to the ground which Tutt does. Several people are then heard shouting in the background as police handcuff Tutt. He was questioned in connection with the deadly altercation but was not charged, authorities said.

Webb-McRae said a handgun "was revealed and later recovered" from the Jaguar. Her office did not return a call or email seeking more details on the shooting.

The officers have since been placed on paid leave, said Bridgeton Police Chief Mark Ott.

The Bridgeton Police Department said Wednesday that it routinely doesn't release dashcam video like this but in this case did because they were legally compelled to due to public records standards.

Before the dashcam video surfaced, witnesses had told NBC10 the scene was chaotic.

"They were telling him, 'Get out the car,'" said one witness. "They was like 'Stop!' and they started shooting."

Tahli Dawkins, who was taking out his recycling at the time of the shooting, told NBC10 he witnessed the altercation and saw nothing in Reid's hands.

"He had his hands up trying to get out of the car, one on the door was getting out like this and he just started shooting him," Dawkins said. 

Reid's friend Shiquera Sierra told NBC10 Days had a reputation in the community before the shooting as a bit of a rogue cop.

"Everybody around here in this community can tell you Braheme Days, one of the cops that shot him, has harassed people and has kicked in people's doors," she said. "We have a video of him macing a man when he was in cuffs."

All complaints against Days were thrown out in court, however.

Reid's widow, Lawanda Reid, hired a law firm in hopes of finding out exactly what transpired the night of her husband's death. She said she planned to have an independent autopsy conducted on her husband as well. 

"We just want answers why this happened," she said. "No one deserves to die like that."

Jerame Reid had a 3-month-old son, according to his cousin Keesha Springs. He was incarcerated last summer for possession of heroin, cocaine, contempt of court and resisting arrest. Days was one of the officers who arrested Reid on the drug charges, according to the South Jersey Times.

The South Jersey Times also reports Reid spent 13 years in state prison for shooting at three New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager.

Springs told NBC10 he was trying to turn his life around. 

"He was a good kid," Springs said. "He had a troubled past, but after that he became a good person. I love my cousin. Everybody has their bad times and he had his bad times. But he was very lovable." 

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